The court that approved surveillance of a former campaign adviser to President Trump was aware that some of the information underpinning the warrant request was paid for by a political entity, although the application did not specifically name the Democratic National Committee or the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
...But its central allegation — that the government failed to disclose a source’s political bias — is baseless, the officials said.
The Justice Department made “ample disclosure of relevant, material facts” to the court that revealed “the research was being paid for by a political entity,” said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity.
[source : Justice Dept. told court of source’s political influence in request to wiretap ex-Trump campaign aide, officials say, Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-dept-told-court-of-sources-political-bias-in-request-to-wiretap-ex-trump-campaign-aide-officials-say/2018/02/02/caecfa86-0852-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_fisa-10pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.7daf89e6b773, 2nd February 2018]
Saturday, February 03, 2018
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WARNED FISC OF POLITICAL BIAS
The Nunes memo released yesterday claims that several senior members of the FBI signed FISA requests without disclosing the political bias of the Steel dossier. But the Justice Dept is saying that the did warn the FISC of the political bias.