Politically politicish politics after the jump.



* The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the intial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.


* Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.

* The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

* DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele’s bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.


Having read it now, I think the most damning hit Nunes lands is the fact that the DOJ didn’t voluntarily reveal the origins of the Steele dossier to the FISA Court when applying for a warrant. Even if they weren’t obliged, the political sensitivity of the probe would have made that basic good practice. Comey and McCabe should answer for that.

Overall, I’d say it’s interesting, but doesn’t really change anything.