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FBI conceals State Department documents and misleads FISA court

By David Singer - posted Monday, 20 May 2019

The Democratic Party is bracing itself as written evidence has now been discovered supporting allegations that the FBI deliberately misled the FISA Court to obtain a warrant in October 2016 to spy on a former member of the Trump campaign committee, Carter Page.

Open-records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United and superb investigative journalism by The Hill's John Solomon have unearthed three critical State Department documents:

1. The typed notes of a meeting held on 11 October2016 between between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec and Christopher Steele – the author of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton-funded Steele dossier


2. an email Kavalec sent on 13 October 2016

3. Kavalec's handwritten notes of the meeting (Kavelec Documents)

The Kavalec Documents were not provided to the House Intelligence Committee during its Russia probe according to former Chairman Devon Nunes.

One member of Congress has reportedly transmitted the Kavalec Documents this week to the Department of Justice's Inspector General - fearing its investigation of FISA abuses may not have had access to them.

The FBI is doing its best to keep the first two Kavalec Documents secret by retroactively claiming them to be classified as recently as 25 April this year - even though, reportedly, they were originally marked unclassified in 2016.

Solomon evaluates the handwritten notes:

  • Kavalec's handwritten notes clearly flagged in multiple places that Steele might be talking to the media.
  • "June - reporting started," she wrote. "NYT and WP have," she added, in an apparent reference to The New York Times and The Washington Post.
  • Later she quoted Steele as suggesting he was "managing" four priorities - "Client needs, FBI, WashPo/NYT, source protection," her handwritten notes show.
  • Those same notes suggest Steele spun some wild theories to State, including one that the Russians had a "plant in DNC" and had assembled an "HRC dossier," apparent references to the Democratic National Committee and Clinton."

In the interest of transparency, FBI director Christopher Wray needs to immediately name the persons in the FBI who made the recent redactions to the first two Kavalec documents, especially as Solomon is now in possessionof Kavalec's handwritten notes of the meeting. Indeed there is no reason why the redactions should not be reversed and the unredacted documents be made available to Citizens United.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and ranking member of its Subcommittee on Government Operations, has told Solomon he had confirmed with U.S. officials that Kavalec's typed memo was forwarded to the FBI in her October 13, 2016, email.

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David Singer is an Australian Lawyer, a Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International - an organisation calling for sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza to be allocated between Israel and Jordan as the two successor States to the Mandate for Palestine. Previous articles written by him can be found at

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