House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter on Thursday accusing the FBI of breaking the law when acquiring surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
In the letter, which was obtained by Fox News, Nunes claims the bureau violated the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide by obtaining warrants for Page on the alleged base of an unverified dossier that purports as evidence of ties between Donald Trump and the Kremlin and other Russian individuals.
The letter to Sessions takes the allegations outline in the House Intelligence Committee memo declassified by the president in January that laid the basis for the claim that the FBI used the so-called “golden showers dossier” to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Page. Page, however, had been under FISA surveillance since 2014, when the FBI became suspicious of his ties to Russian entities.
Sessions on Tuesday announced an internal investigation into the claim that anti-Trump bias is widespread within the Justice Department. On Wednesday, Trump called his AG “disgraceful” on Twitter for not investigating President Barack Obama, only to be rebuked by Sessions, who said he and the DOJ would “continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and the Constitution.”