According to the Washington Examiner, the Justice Department has referred FBI agent Stephen Somma, a counterintelligence investigator in New York, for disciplinary review following an investigation into alleged FISA abuses.
This FBI agent was named as “Case Agent 1” in Inspector General Michael Horowitz report released in December, and the individual played an important role in obtaining FISA warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
According to Horowitz, Stephen Somma was “primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions” found in the FISA warrants.
Documents reveal that the FBI believed Carter Page was a full-blown Russian agent, and a DOJ watchdog later found 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the warrants used to wiretap him. Carter Page has repeatedly denied allegations of conspiring with the Russians, and he has not been charged for any wrongdoing as a result of the investigation.
Michael Horowitz wrote:
Somma and an unnamed Staff Operations Specialist “were the original Crossfire Hurricane team members who had primary responsibility over the Carter Page investigation.”
Adding that, in 2016, Somma was told he had “not yet presented enough information to support a FISA application targeting Carter Page.
Stephen Somma replied to Horowitz, telling him “the team’s receipt of the reporting from Steele [in September] supplied missing information in terms of what Page may have been doing during his July 2016 visit to Moscow and provided enough information on Page’s recent activities that [Somma] thought would satisfy the Office of Intelligence.”
“The FISA request form drew almost entirely from Steele’s reporting in describing the factual basis to establish probable cause to believe that Page was an agent of a foreign power,” said Horowitz.
“We found no information indicating that the FBI provided the Office of Intelligence with the documents containing Page’s denials before finalizing the first FISA application,” Horowitz wrote. “Instead, Case Agent 1 provided a summary that did not contain those denials to the OI Attorney and that the OI Attorney relied upon that summary in drafting the first application.”
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