From The Washington Times
The secretive federal court responsible for issuing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants issued a rare and stunning rebuke to the FBI, going after the bureau for misleading it to obtain secret surveillance warrants to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the [Office of Inspector General] report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,” presiding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Rosemary Collyer said in an order released Tuesday by the court.
Collyer said the sheer number of FISA process abuses by the bureau during their investigation into Page made her wonder if the problem was widespread throughout the FBI’s hundreds of other FISA investigations.
“The frequency with which representations by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable,” the FISA judge said. “The [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing with the Court. Without it, the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] cannot properly ensure that the government conducts electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes only when there is a sufficient factual basis.”
Collyer likely feels personally betrayed by the bureau, since she signed off on the initial Page FISA application in October 2016. Three other judges approved the renewals in January, April, and June 2017.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a bombshell report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse last week, concluding that the FBI’s investigation was filled with serious missteps and the concealment of exculpatory information from the FISA court. The DOJ watchdog lambasted the DOJ and FBI for 17 “significant errors and omissions” related to secret surveillance court filings targeting Page, which relied upon allegations contained within British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and unverified dossier.
“The Court orders that the government shall, no later than January 10, 2020, inform the Court in a sworn written submission of what it has done, and plans to do, to ensure that the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application,” Collyer said.
The inspector general didn’t rule out bias tainting the conduct of the investigation itself, saying he couldn’t determine whether the missteps were due to “sheer gross incompetence” or just “intentional misconduct.”
Former CIA Director John Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Trump, acknowledged Tuesday that “there were mistakes made” in the highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application process during the Russia investigation as reported by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Appearing on MSNBC, Brennan was asked by host Chris Hayes about “abuses” uncovered by Horowitz, who claimed he found 17 significant errors in the renewed FISA applications into former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, while Horowitz was a member of the Obama administration.
“Well clearly, there were mistakes made based on the inspector general’s reports,” Brennan responded. “And I know that a lot of people attribute it to either to incompetence or politicization. Well, I might just attribute it to, these were FBI agents who were doing their level best to try to prevent Russia interference in the election…..”They were probably overly aggressive, they didn’t pay careful enough attention to some of the details, they may have ignored some aspects of the work that was uncovered.”
Comey is backpedaling, as well:
Former FBI Director James Comey admitted on “Fox News Sunday” that the recently released Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the launch of the FBI’s Russia investigation and their use of the surveillance process showed that he was “overconfident” when he defended his former agency’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
This comes days after Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed concerns that included 17 “significant errors and omissions” by the FBI’s investigative team when applying for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz referred “the entire chain of command” to the FBI and DOJ for “how to assess and address their performance failures” during the probe, which was conducted while Comey was in charge.
“He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey said about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, “I was overconfident as director in our procedures,” and that what happened “was not acceptable.”
Bullshit. Both of them aren’t just “wrong”, they’re criminal malfeasants. The FBI hierarchy, Comey and Mueller included, pushed an attempted coup d’etat against a duly elected president based on their hatred of him, politicizing, and anguish over Hillary’s loss.
Obama’s FBI, and DOJ not only deviated from acceptable practice, but committed crimes to cover for Hillary and smear Trump.
BTW: The main source for Christoper Steel’s fake dossier was under an FBI counterintelligence investigation, but the DOJ didn’t bother to tell the FISA court, and the Obama Deep State was spying on Trump long before Crossfire Hurricane.
Time to investigate the culprits behind the hoax.