“What has been described as a few irregularities becomes a massive criminal conspiracy over time to defraud the FISA court, to illegally surveil an American citizen, and to keep an operation open against a sitting president of the United States, violating every norm known to the rule of law,” Graham said.

“What happened here is not a few irregularities…..

“What happened here is the system failed.

“People at the highest level of our government took the law into their own hands. And when I say defraud the FISA court, I mean it. To your team, you were able to uncover and discover abuse of power I never believed would actually exist in 2019,” Graham told Justice Department Inspector-General Michael Horowitz, the star witness.

“From the time they opened up Crossfire Hurricane until this debacle was over, they never made any effort to brief Donald Trump about suspected problems within his campaign,” Graham said. “Why didn’t they tell Trump? We’ll figure that out later. But I think it’s a question that needs to be asked.”

“How bad is it?” Graham asked. “It was as if J. Edgar Hoover came back to life. The old F.B.I. The F.B.I. that had a chip on its shoulder and wanted to intimidate people and find out what was going on in your life and the law be damned.”

Graham took time to read some of the anti-Trump text messages exchanged by Strzok, the main investigator on Crossfire Hurricane, and his lover, Lisa Page, the attorney for McCabe.

Graham, discussing the IG report, also pointed to “a guy named Clinesmith.”

“This is the lawyer supervising the FISA warrant process,” Graham said. The IG report said Clinesmith, an FBI  line attorney working with DOJ officials on the FISA warrant, doctored an email from the CIA to the FBI, “because he didn’t want the (FISA) court to know that Carter Page actually was a (CIA) source,” Graham said.

“What does that matter?” Graham asked. “Because if the court had known, then there is a lawful reason for Mr. Page to be talking to the Russian guy. He wasn’t working against his country; he was working with his country, which undercuts the idea he is a foreign agent. That’s why Clinesmith lied — because he didn’t want to stop this investigation.”

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