'Jeff Sessions, Where Are You?': Hannity Calls Dossier News 'Biggest Single Scandal in US History'
In his Opening Monologue, Sean Hannity said the fact the unverified Russia dossier produced by a former MI6 agent made up a large part of the FISA application to surveil former Trump adviser Carter Page is the "biggest single scandal in American history."
The Department of Justice has released documents used by the government to justify the FISA surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.
The materials released by the DOJ include an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page as well as several renewal applications. It is highly unusual for documents related to FISA wiretap applications to be released.
Though heavily redacted, the documents show that the infamous and unverified Steele Dossier was a major component of the 2016 surveillance warrant. The dossier, which was opposition research funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, contains salacious allegations against Trump. It was also a major component used to justify subsequent renewals.
The visible sections of the released FISA documents do not indicate the dossier was ever verified. Instead, the FBI claimed that Steele was “reliable” based on his previous work.
The FISA records also reveal that a September 2016 Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff was a significant part of the government's warrant application.
But London court records show, and Republicans emphasize, that Steele briefed Yahoo News and other reporters in the fall of 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS -- the opposition research firm behind the Steele Dossier.
"We have confirmation that America's top secret FISA system was totally abused for political gain by top eschelons of [federal law enforcement]," Hannity said.
"Your federal government has been using opposition research to spy on a political campaign," Hannity said. "This should rock the soul of every American in the country."
Hannity said that in the wake of the news, President Trump is correct to seek to revoke security clearances for former intelligence officials.
"This is what happens in a banana republic," he said, adding that the reports show former President Obama's Justice Department "spied on the campaign of an opposing party... using opposition research that Hillary Clinton paid for."
Hannity said the media is "completely missing in action" and that the current attorney general appears to be as well.
"Jeff Sessions, where are you? Your nation needs you to do your job tonight," he said.
Hannity said several key officials signed off on the FISA warrant, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, former FBI Director James Comey and former U.S. Attorney for Eastern Virginia Dana Boente.