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There is a reason why this thread is deader than most, even CareWeMust is struggling to spin this.
Theres more evidence of wrong doing in a single Trump call than this whole report.
old the OIG that if Source 2 had joined the campaign, the Crossfire Hurricane team
would not have used Source 2 "because that's not what we were after." He added
that having Source 2 in the campaign would have been difficult because "then
[Source 2] actually has a job to do and (Source 2 is] going to actually have to do
that job." Case Agent 2 told us that the reaction of the OGC attorneys advising the
Crossfire Hurricane team was "no freaking way" and that the team was not
"pushing for that. .. [because they were] not trying to get into the campaign." Case
Agent 2 said that by using Source 2 outside of the campaign, the Crossfire
Hurricane team could find "smart ways, and quiet ways to get information that we
can corroborate, that helps us understand what the heck Mr. Papadopoulos meant
by ... the Trump team received a suggestion from the Russians." Priestap said that
his first question was "what was Source 2's answer?" and that the response was
Source 2 did not want to join the campaign.
The OGC Unit Chief said that she remembered the team seeking her advice,
and said she told them they should not direct Source 2 to join the campaign, but
they also should not tell Source 2 not to join the campaign. She told the OIG her
advice was that Source 2 "should do what [Source 2] would normally do" and that
the Crossfire Hurricane team should "follow [Source 2's] lead." She added that she
was "grateful" when she learned that Source 2 did not want to join the Trump
campaign, because she said that if the Crossfire Hurricane team had wanted to
operate a CHS within the campaign (which she said none of the team members
ever proposed to her), that would have raised a host of complicated issues under
the FBI's Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG), including
undisclosed participation in political activities, appearance issues if it became
publicly known an FBI source was in the Trump campaign, and the potential that
the source could influence campaign policy or strategy.
consensual monitoring of the August 20 meeting between Source 2 and
Carter Page was presented to McCabe, Priestap, then FBI General Counsel James
Baker, Strzok, Anderson and other FBI personnel during briefings on August 25,
2016. Baker told the OIG that what he remembered about the briefing
was feeling comfortable that the focus was on the Russians, the focus
was on trying to get foreign-intelligence information, [and] that this
other stuff [regarding the campaign] was part of the cover story and
not what we were interested in, and something that we ... just weren't
going to make any use of.
He added that "even though the FBI was collecting some type of political
information" through Source 2's conversation with Carter Page, the political
information "was not the focus of what we were after ... [and] it was being minimized