by Nick Givas, The Daily Caller:
- A top Republican lawmaker said Sunday that the FBI failed to provide a federal surveillance court with evidence that “directly” contracted the bureau’s rationale for opening the Trump-Russia investgation
- Rep. John Ratcliffe told Fox News that the evidence related to former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos
- The FBI opened its investigation in July 2016 based on intelligence from the Australian government about Papadopoulos
Republican lawmakers have hinted for months that the FBI failed to provide federal judges on the surveillance court with information that undercut the government’s premise for opening the Trump-Russia probe in 2016.