New information into FBI surveillance of Trump presidential campaign

Reporting by Catherine Herridge

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, obtained late today by Fox News, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page appears to be a clear of violation of FBI rules for submitting evidence to the FISA court, and may also violate criminal statutes.

Citing the FBI’s strict set of internal rules and procedures,  the letter reads in part --

"The accuracy of information contained within FISA applications is of utmost importance....Only documented and verified information may be used to support FBI applications to the (FISA) court."

The letter questions how the unverified Trump dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, meets that standard for the original application in October 2016, and at least, three subsequent renewals. 

The justice department has until March 8th to explain whether the rules have changed.  

The house panel's Republican chairman went further, and told the Attorney General, that the use of false or unverified information to secure a surveillance warrant could also be a violations of multiple criminal statues, including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and contempt of court. 

According to the committee's Republican staff memo released last month, current and former Justice Department officials confirmed unverified information from the dossier was an essential part of the FISA application.