The Strange Case of Citizen Carter Page
If you read the report by Inspector General Horowitz, you discover the FBI deliberately and repeatedly lied to the FISA Court in order to obtain permission to spy on Carter Page, a minor Trump campaign adviser and, thereby, spy electronically on everyone connected with the Trump Campaign. The FBI convinced the FISA Court that Carter Page was working for the Russians even though Page was working for the CIA, and, in 2016, had helped the FBI convict a Russian agent.
Note: The recruitment of an intelligence asset is recorded on a classified agent report. Unless it has been destroyed, that agent report will show who did the recruitment, the date and place of recruitment, the information sought, and how the asset (Page) was to report his findings. Unearthing that document may require a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by Judicial Watch.
Ignoring that Page was working for our side, FBI agents pressed ahead, making 17 mistakes which are documented in the IG report. All of the 17 mistakes were on the side of trying to prove that Page and the Trump campaign were in bed with the Russians. How can that be? Could political bias be involved? You decide.
Letís assume House Democrats send an Article of Impeachment over to the U.S. Senate charging President Trump with abuse of presidential power for asking Ukrainian President Zelensky to look into corruption by President Trumpís potential political opponent, Joe Biden. That could pose a problem for Democrat presidential candidates: Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, and Michael Bennet.
If and when it comes time for members of the U.S. Senate to vote to either convict or acquit President Trump, would it not be an abuse of legislative power for Senators Warren, Booker and Sanders, Klobuchar, and Bennet to vote to convict President Trump? After all, the effect of their vote would be to remove a political rival from their path. How would that be different from President Trump asking President Zelensky to look into the Biden corruption family?
Also, note: the Democrats dropped "bribery" from their impeachment charges. Why? Because in a Senate trial, the Republicans would surely allege that Joe Biden bribed the previous Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Bursima Holdings on whose board sat his son, Hunter Biden.
But then, Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, might dismiss what the House Democrats have done as a charade, hold a vote, and acquit President Trump. Alternatively, a long Senate trial would allow the GOP members to vent their anger over the Democratís refusal to abide by the results of the 2016 election. We report. You decide.
For sure, Carter Page is owed an apology and maybe even financial compensation for the hell he has been put through for over three years. His reputation and his personal finances have been destroyed. Those are his "rewards" for being an intelligence asset.
It is probably not a good idea for private citizens to "spy" for the CIA. You could end up in a foreign jail. Or, as in the case of Carter Page, you could end being used as the anti-Trumperís political football.
©2019. William Hamilton.
William Hamilton, a former intelligence officer, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Dr. Hamiltonís Formula for Failure in Vietnam: The Folly of Limited Warfare was published on November 20, 2019. To order, call toll free: (800) 253-2187 Or, go to Amazon.com