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In a rare public order Tuesday, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court strongly criticized the FBI over its surveillance-application process, giving the bureau until Jan. 10 to come up with solutions, in the wake of findings from Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.
The order, from the court’s presiding judge Rosemary M. Collyer, came just a week after the release of Horowitz’s withering report about the wiretapping of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The article goes on to state the following:
“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,” Collyer wrote in her four-page order. “The frequency with which representations made 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 court] expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing with the court,” Collyer continued. “Without it, the [FISA court] cannot properly ensure that the government conducts electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes only when there is a sufficient factual basis.”
The New York Times called the order “extraordinary,” saying this was the “first public response from the court to the scathing findings released last week by the Justice Department’s independent inspector general about the wiretapping of the former Trump adviser, Carter Page, as part of the Russia investigation.”
“The order specifies no particular reforms for the bureau’s policies for seeking permission to wiretap people under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA,” the Times reports. “But it indicated that the court will weigh in on whether the F.B.I.’s proposals are sufficient.”
Some ideas for reform include appointing a third party to critique requests for wiretapping or allowing defense lawyers with security clearances to see evidence.
More from the Times:
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week about the report’s findings, the chairman of the panel, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, addressed the FISA court directly, telling the judges that they needed to take steps to preserve political support for the national security surveillance system.
“The FISA system, to survive, has to be reformed,” Mr. Graham said. “To the FISA court: We’re looking to you to take corrective action. If you take corrective action, that will give us some confidence that you should stick around. If you don’t, it’s going to be hurtful to the future of the court, and I think all of us are now thinking differently about checks and balances in that regard.”
DMLNews App Founder Dennis Michael Lynch told members of TeamDML that he believes former FBI Director James Comey, who headed the agency at the time the FISA applications were processed, worked with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to try to take down Trump in 2016.
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