It is the slowest justice you will ever see, but let’s hope it is justice just the same. FBI Agent Curtis Heide. Heide was leading the investigation into the Alpha Bank hoax and at the same time was working on Crossfire Hurricane, the investigation into whether President Trump or any member of his campaign was colluding with Russia in the 2016 election.
While testifying at the Michael Sussmann trial, Heide admitted that he was being investigated over his role in Crossfire Hurricane, specifically about the FISA warrants issued to allow spying on Trump through carter Page. Heide said the bureau is probing him for allegedly “not identifying exculpatory information related to one of the Crossfire Hurricane investigations”. He was referring to the one involving George Papadopoulos. He allegedly hid exculpatory evidence out of the application for a FISA warrant, but claims he is innocent.
Heide is under investigation for not informing the FISA court about the exculpatory evidence. When Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General for the DOJ investigated the FISA warrants, he found 17 “significant” errors, inaccuracies, and omissions in the warrants. He also criticized the FBI for depending on questionable information in the Steele Dossier without checking to see if the dossier was legitimate. That is required by law.
According to Politico, Heide claimed the errors were typos. However, how can you have a typo on information not included in your application? Inquiring minds want to know.
Heide also testified that FBI leadership barred him from interviewing the source of the Alfa-Bank evidence, Sussmann. According to an electronic communication introduced into evidence earlier, Heide and FBI agent Allison Sands initiated the investigation into the Alfa-Bank claims citing a “referral” from the Justice Department, even though the purported evidence of the Alfa-Bank connection came from Sussmann.
Sussmann is charged with lying to the FBI during a September 2016 meeting with then-FBI general counsel James Baker. Sussmann is alleged to have represented himself to Baker as a concerned citizen, even though he was seeking an audience with Baker on behalf of the Clinton campaign to try and create negative press to hurt Trump.