Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained an Obama era memo from July 31, 2016, showing that the investigation into potential election collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was launched without even the bare minimum amount of evidence typically required to initiate a case in the FBI.
Instead, it began because Australian ambassador Alexander Downer said he heard about Russia possessing damaging information on Hillary Clinton from Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, who said he heard it from a European professor, who said he heard it from the Russians.
The counterintelligence investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, was spearheaded by agent Peter Strzok who admitted in the memo that such third-hand information provided little substantiation from which to build a case.
"It was unclear whether he or the Russians were referring to material acquired publicly of through other means. It was also unclear how Mr. Trump's team reacted to the offer," the memo stated.
The lack of evidence is profound enough that the former chief of intelligence for the FBI, Kevin Brock, said an investigation should have never been ordered.
"There is nothing in the EC [electronic communication] that meets the traditional thresholds for opening up a FARA [Foreign Agent Registration Act] or CI [criminal informant] investigation," Brock told Just the News. "It appears hastily constructed."
Brock went on to say that had he been in charge, he wouldn't have approved of opening an investigation on such evidentiary grounds "in a million years."
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton pointed to the obtained memo as "Exhibit A" for media seeking to understand what is meant by President Trump's term "Obamagate."