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Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows have issued a sharply critical letter over the FISA court's choice to lead the reforms necessitated by the Auditor Auditor General's report.

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The letter from Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., blasted James Boasberg, who heads the court that approves federal spy warrants, for tapping David Kris to advise the spy court on how to address the findings of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Kris is a former Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) official who falsely claimed that the FBI had done nothing wrong in surveiling Trump campaign officials during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. In a nearly 500-page report issued late last year, Horowitz detailed myriad instances in which the FBI violated the law and its internal policies in how it sought permission to secretly spy on Trump campaign affiliates.
The FISA court has ignored for nearly 3 years the growing body of evidence it was criminally misled by the deliberate presentation of false information to obtain secret surveillance authorization for Carter Page and by extension the entire Trump campaign and administration. FISA surveillance warrant applications have an astounding 90% success rate. Yet, after the initial secret surveillance warrant application was rejected the FBI and DOJ were able obtain an initial spying warrant and 3 renewals by augmenting the application with unproven smears from the so-called Steele dossier. Senior FBI and DOJ officials certified to the FISA court they had verified the information in the applications when they knew these representations were false.

Worse, the FISA court violated it's own rules requiring surveillance warrants to show substantial evidence as a condition of granting renewals. We know from the lack of indictments for collusion or conspiracy with Russians by any American in the Mueller report there was no progress to be shown nonetheless the FISA court rubber stamped the applications.

Confronted by the undeniable evidence it has been fed false evidence by the very officials charged with safeguarding the power of secret surveillance from being used as a political weapon, the FISA court has reacted by figuratively raising its middle finger appointing an Obama administration lawyer who has publicly denied any abuse has taken place to be in charge of "reforms". It's a bold assertion of the FISA court's belief in it's own infallibility. Next March when key pieces of the enabling legislation come up for renewal it's time to scrap the FISA court.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/16...er-david-kris/
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It's almost like they are daring Congress to scrap the court. I hope Congress takes them up on it.
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It's almost like they are daring Congress to scrap the court. I hope Congress takes them up on it.
What do you think will happen when their pals at the FBI apply for a secret surveillance warrant targeting FISA critics? One hand washes the other with relationships among bureaucrats the most important things.
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What do you think will happen when their pals at the FBI apply for a secret surveillance warrant targeting FISA critics? One hand washes the other with relationships among bureaucrats the most important things.
Hopefully Michael Horowitz is able to get some of the bad actors in the FBI and the DOJ locked up or at the very least, removed from office and replaced with honest people looking to do their jobs instead of partaking in partisan witch hunts. Also, don't be surprised if Congress doesn't move to disband the FISA court. Maybe it's just a pipe dream but that is what is needed.
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Hopefully Michael Horowitz is able to get some of the bad actors in the FBI and the DOJ locked up or at the very least, removed from office and replaced with honest people looking to do their jobs instead of partaking in partisan witch hunts. Also, don't be surprised if Congress doesn't move to disband the FISA court. Maybe it's just a pipe dream but that is what is needed.
Horowitz doesn't do criminal prosecutions, he is an auditor. The best he can do write referrals to the DOJ. AG Barr is investigating the FBI and DOJ criminal abuses with FISA warrant applications. The problem is it's unlikely the indifference or possibly cooperation with the criminal activity is probably not going to include investigating the FISA court. The secret court only investigates others.
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