An FBI agent blamed for most of the “significant errors” behind the FISA requests into a Trump campaign associate has been identified, according to the New York Times.
Stephen Somma, a counterintelligence investigator who works out of the bureau’s New York field office, is “Case Agent 1” from the Justice Department inspector general’s FISA abuse report who was “primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions in the FISA applications” of Carter Page.
“Case Agent 1 said he prepared the FISA request form,” IG Michael Horowitz wrote. “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.”
The “Steele dossier,” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, was discredited and debunked by the FBI special counsel Robert Mueller in 2019.
The IG report said Somma failed to disclose potentially exculpatory information that Page and Papadopoulos told Halper, including Page denying meeting with Russian officials in question, denying knowledge of the WikiLeaks leak of the DNC emails, and denying any role in the GOP’s policies related to Russia.
“We found no information indicating that the FBI provided …