We have often referred to them as high level intelligence community employees, but as "low hanging fruit," in regards to following the evidence up the chain of command to investigate those in even more powerful positions that may have abused their positions, weaponized the FBI and DOJ and other government agencies under Obama, and violated protocols and laws.
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TARGETS THE HIGHER HANGING FRUIT....
There are a multitude of investigations occurring into a variety of issues, in both Senate oversight committees and House committees, as well as the DOJ's Office of Inspector General, and the DOJ itself with 27 active investigations into classified information being leaked to the press.
It appears the Senate Judiciary Committee is now climbing up the ladder to get to higher hanging fruit as six letters were sent out on January 25, 2018, by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham, related to "Potential Political Influence on FBI."
The letters were sent to The Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary for America (HFA), Former DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile, HFA Chair John Podesta, and HFA Chief Strategist Joel Benenson.
Via the press release from Senator Grassley's website, we see "The letters seek information and documents relating to those political organizations’ knowledge of and involvement in Mr. Steele’s work and his reported interactions with the FBI while he was working on behalf of these political organizations."
The letters begin with the following text:
In October 2017, the Washington Post reported that Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee had funded, via Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele's creation of a series of memos relying largely on Russian government sources to make allegations against Donald Trump and his associates. 1 A letter from the law firm Perkins Coie acknowledged that, "[t]o assist in its representation of the DNC and Hillary for America, Perkins Coie engaged Fusion GPS in April of 2016" and that "the engagement concluded prior to the November 2016 Presidential election. "2
The Senate Judiciary Committee has a constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the FBI and the broader Department of Justice. Part of that duty involves ensuring that law enforcement efforts are conducted without improper political influence. Accordingly, the Committee has been investigating the FBI' s relationship with Christopher Steele during this time his work was funded by Hillary for America and the DNC. The scope of our review includes the extent to which the FBI may have relied on information relayed by Mr. Steele in seeking judicial authorization for surveillance of individuals associated with Mr. Trump. It also includes whether any applications that may have been made for permission for such surveillance fully and accurately disclosed:
(1) the source of Fusion GPS's and Mr. Steele's funding; (2) the degree to which his claims were or were not verified; (3) the motivations of Mr. Steele, his clients, and his sources; and ( 4) representations about their contacts with the press.
The letters follow that up with a list of 11 questions, with requests for documentation related to the answers to those questions, but it is the 12 document demand that is highly interesting as they ask for a list of all communications associated with a list of 40 people or groups, from March 2016 through January 2017, and some of those names definitely qualify as "high hanging fruit" from the Obama administration.
12. For the period from March 2016 through January 2017, please provide all communications to, from, copying, or relating to: Fusion GPS; Bean LLC; Glenn Simpson; Mary Jacoby; Peter Fritsch; Tom Catan; Jason Felch; Neil King; David Michaels; Taylor Sears; Patrick Corcoran; Laura Sego; Jay Bagwell; Erica Castro; Nellie Ohr; Rinat Akhmetshin; Ed Lieberman; Edward Baumgartner; Orbis Business Intelligence Limited; Orbis Business International Limited.; Walsingham Training Limited; Walsingham Partners Limited; Christopher Steele; Christopher Burrows; Sir Andrew Wood, Paul Hauser; Oleg Deripaska; Cody Shearer; Sidney Blumenthal; Jon Winer; Kathleen Kavalec; Victoria Nuland; Daniel Jones;Bruce Ohr; Peter Strzok; Andrew McCabe; James Baker; Sally Yates; Loretta Lynch; John Brennan.
The names that stand out the most are the last six, as Andrew McCabe is currently the Deputy Director of the FBI, who has been referenced in the text messages by the anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, when they admitted to meeting in "Andy's office" to discuss a "path" to prevent Donald Trump from winning the 2016 presidential election. That was before Strzok's reference to an "insurance policy," which was the Russia investigation, in where the Steele dossier was used to obtain the FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign team members.
James Baker was the FBI's general counsel but was recently reassigned. According to sources within the GOP, Baker was in contact with David Corm at Mother Jones, who first broke the story of the existence of the Steele dossier. While Corn claims Baker was not the source for his story, Baker did communicate with Corn in the weeks leading up to November 2016 election. Circa had reported in July 2017 that Baker was under investigation for allegedly leaking to the press.
Given the aforementioned information on those specific individuals, knowing that the Senate Judiciary Committee wants "all communications to, from, copying, or relating to" these individuals that is in possession of The DNC, Hillary for America (HFA), Former DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile, HFA Chair John Podesta, and HFA Chief Strategist Joel Benenson, from March 2016 through January 2017, it leads to the logical assumption that the Senate Judiciary Committee is now moving up the ladder and targeting the bigger fish from the Obama administration.
One of the six copies of the letters sent out on January 25, 2018, by Grassley and Graham, embedded below: