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  • INFOGRAPHIC: Timeline of FBI’s FISA Abuse in Trump Campaign Investigation

    05/13/2020 7:16:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    In pursuit of surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, the FBI consistently ignored exculpatory evidence In its pursuit of establishing surveillance on the Trump campaign, the FBI turned its attention to Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the spring of 2016, culminating in the issuance of a FISA warrant—which allows for some of the most intrusive spying methods on an American citizen. As part of this process, the FBI relied extensively on the flawed Steele dossier, leading an FBI legal counsel to note that this was “essentially a single source FISA.”
  • Dirty Dozen: The 12 revelations that sunk Mueller's case against Flynn

    05/09/2020 7:21:13 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 37 replies
    justthenews.com ^ | By John Solomon
    <p>Shortly after my colleague Sara Carter and I began reporting in 2017 on the possibility that the FBI was abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on Americans during the Russia investigation, I received a call. It was an intermediary for someone high up in the intelligence community.</p>
  • Judiciary Committee Releases Key Material Related to FISA Abuse Investigation

    04/17/2020 9:13:24 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 6 replies
    Announces dedicated webpage related to Committee oversight efforts WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), today released declassified confidential human source transcripts related to the Crossfire Hurricane operation. In addition to the transcripts, the Committee released other material related to the Committee’s investigation into Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) actions leading up to and during the Crossfire Hurricane operation, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant process. “I’m committed to being as transparent as possible about the circumstances surrounding FISA abuse. The goal is to make sure it...
  • Declassified DOJ Letter to FISA Court Highlights Severe Institutional Corruption – DOJ Blames FBI For Spygate…

    04/17/2020 8:03:39 AM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 4/17/2020 | SUNDANCE
    Amid a series of documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee [SEE HERE] there is a rather alarming letter from the DOJ to the FISA Court in July 2018 that points toward an institutional cover-up. [Link to Letter] Before getting to the substance of the letter, it’s important to put the release in context. After the FISA Court reviewed the DOJ inspector general report, the FISC ordered the DOJ-NSD to declassify and release documents related to the Carter Page FISA application. In the cover letter for this specific release to the Senate Judiciary and Senate Intelligence committees, the DOJ cites...
  • Judiciary Committee Releases Key Material Related to FISA Abuse Investigation

    04/16/2020 9:50:30 PM PDT · by bitt · 12 replies
    Announces dedicated webpage related to Committee oversight efforts WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), today released declassified confidential human source transcripts related to the Crossfire Hurricane operation. In addition to the transcripts, the Committee released other material related to the Committee’s investigation into Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) actions leading up to and during the Crossfire Hurricane operation, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant process. “I’m committed to being as transparent as possible about the circumstances surrounding FISA abuse. The goal is to make sure it...
  • 9 Key Points From Newly Declassified Report Details On FISA Abuse

    04/16/2020 8:22:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 16, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a slew of footnotes from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse. Yesterday, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a slew of footnotes from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse. In a cover letter to Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, the Republican senators who had pushed for the declassification, Grenell noted that “transparency is now needed more than ever.” Grenell added that Attorney General William Barr concurred in the declassification decision as it relates to DOJ interests. Wednesday’s declassification follows...
  • DOJ review finds 'material errors or omissions' in 2019 FISA applications

    04/12/2020 6:27:21 PM PDT · by bitt · 9 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 4/11/2020 | Jerry Dunleavy
    The Justice Department and FBI admitted surveillance applications in 2019 contained serious flaws in an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court about corrective actions being taken following a scathing watchdog report in December. Thirty accuracy reviews conducted by the DOJ’s National Security Division found “material errors or omissions” in two FISA applications across two field offices, according to a 54-page filing unsealed this week. The Justice Department said it is still compiling the final results of those field office accuracy reviews, but so far determined one FISA application contained “two material errors,” while another FISA application had “some material...
  • A follow-up on the Carter Page warrant is, once again, not flattering to the FBI

    04/05/2020 4:56:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    THE JUSTICE Department’s inspector general has followed up his devastating December report on the FBI’s securing of a secret intelligence-gathering warrant on U.S. citizen Carter Page and, once again, the news is not flattering. In December, the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, found that the FBI supplied a secret panel of judges with unverified, inaccurate and, in one case, falsified data in support of its warrant applications regarding Mr. Page. Mr. Horowitz’s new report, released March 31, makes clear that this was not an isolated incident. In 29 cases drawn from five years’ worth of FBI secret warrant applications, Mr. Horowitz...
  • IG Horowitz: ‘We do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures’

    03/31/2020 10:39:06 AM PDT · by Revel · 32 replies
    Sara carter ^ | 3/31/20 | Sara Carter
    Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released scathing findings Tuesday on his agency’s review of numerous FBI applications for warrants in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court saying ‘we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures.’ The months long review was initiated last year after it was discovered that the bureau agents involved in the now debunked investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and whether it colluded with Russia, had altered documentation and withheld vital information from the court on then campaign advisor Carter Page. The warrant obtained by the FBI was used to spy...
  • Wray says FBI conduct surrounding Carter Page FISA warrant 'unacceptable' and 'cannot be repeated'

    02/05/2020 3:41:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/05/20 | Brooke Singman
    FBI Director Christopher Wray testified Wednesday that the actions taken by the bureau to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page were “unacceptable” and “cannot be repeated.” During his first congressional appearance following the release of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s FISA review last year, Wray vowed to reform the FISA system by implementing “specific procedures and safeguards.” “The failures highlighted in the inspector general report are unacceptable, period. And they cannot be repeated,” Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee. “I have already ordered more than 40 corrective actions to our...
  • BREAKING: Spy Court Admits FISA Warrants Against Carter Page Were ‘Not Valid’

    01/23/2020 4:26:31 PM PST · by bitt · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 1/23/2020 | SEAN DAVIS
    The FISA court's top judge wrote in a secret ruling on January 7 that at least two of the four spy warrants against Carter Page were invalid and not lawfully authorized. Authority granted to the federal government to secretly wiretap and spy on former Trump affiliate Carter Page was “not valid,” the nation’s top spy court noted in a secret ruling penned earlier this month. The order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which was created and authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), was initially signed and issued on January 7, 2020, but was not declassified and...
  • It's Official: FISA Court Says Warrants Issued Against Carter Page Were Not Valid

    01/23/2020 2:49:21 PM PST · by Signalman · 63 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 1/23/2020 | Katie Pavlich
    The FISA court officially acknowledged Thursday that the FBI submitted false information when obtaining warrants to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Therefore, the FISA warrants that were issued are invalid. "Thanks in large part to the work of the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, the Court has received notice of material misstatements and omissions in the applications filed by the government in the above-captioned dockets. See Docket No. Misc. 19-02, Order (Dec. 17, 2019; DOJ PIG, Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation (Dec. 2019)," the court released...
  • DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence

    01/23/2020 12:41:01 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan 23,2020 | John Kruze
    The Justice Department has concluded that the evidence underlying multiple warrants authorizing the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page failed to show Page was a foreign agent, as the law requires. The department delivered its conclusion in a December letter to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the secretive federal body that approved the department’s four surveillance applications of the Trump aide. A Justice Department assessment found that in at least two applications "there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power," states a FISC court...
  • FISA Court Confirms Two Carter Page Surveillance Applications ‘Not Valid’

    01/23/2020 1:06:57 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | January 23, 2020 | By TOBIAS HOONHOUT
    A FISA Court order declassified Thursday confirmed that the government had found two of the four FISA applications authorized for the FBI to surveil 2016 Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page to be “not valid,” and will further investigate the validity of the other two. The order revealed that the government found two of the surveillance application renewals to be “not valid” because the FBI provided “insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.” Based on the ordering of the applications, it is likely the review found the second and third...
  • WE NOW KNOW: FISA COURT MUST GO (WSJ EDITION)

    01/14/2020 2:54:02 PM PST · by Rocky · 27 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 14, 2020 | Scott Johnson
    <p>Say you’re a secret federal court that signed off on wiretaps of a Trump campaign official based on Russian disinformation financed by the Clinton campaign and midwifed through anti-Trump partisans at the FBI. The court did nothing about this deception for three years despite accumulating evidence presented to it. Once this is all publicly exposed, would your response be to hire a former Obama official and media apologist for the FBI to restore the court’s credibility?</p>
  • Is the FBI Really Addressing the FISA Abuse? Trump Weighs In, People Ask Where Is Joe Pientka?

    01/13/2020 4:52:55 AM PST · by iontheball · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | January 12, 2020 | Nick Arama
    For example, an unidentified FBI supervisory special agent (SSA) mentioned in the IG report was responsible for ensuring that the bureau’s “Woods Procedures” were followed in the Page warrant application. According to the procedures, factual assertions need to be independently verified, and information contradicting those assertions must be presented to the court. But Horowitz found several instances in which the procedures were not followed. Horowitz’s report leaves little doubt that the unnamed SSA is Joe Pientka — a current bureau employee. Pientka briefly appeared on the FBI’s website as an “Assistant Special Agent in Charge” of the San Francisco field...
  • FBI’s Wray tells FISA court Bureau ‘deeply regrets’ failures in Carter Page case

    01/11/2020 9:28:58 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 76 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | 11 Jan 20 | Chuck Ross
    FBI Director Christopher Wray told the federal surveillance court in a letter Friday that he “deeply regrets” the bureau’s many errors in the process to obtain surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. “The FBI has the utmost respect for this Court, and deeply regrets the errors and omissions identified by the OIG,” Wray wrote in a letter to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). A judge on the FISC ordered the FBI on Dec. 17 to respond by Friday with a roadmap on how the bureau plans to address the problems identified in a Justice Department inspector...
  • Intelligence Community’s Inspector General Is the Link Between FISAgate and Impeachment

    01/10/2020 9:05:47 AM PST · by bitt · 9 replies
    amgreatness.com ^ | 1/9/2020 | Julie Kelly
    As impeachment remains stalled for now, Democrats in the House of Representatives still refuse to release the closed-door testimony of a key witness in the concocted drama: Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community. Atkinson, you may recall, launched the impeachment saga when he determined that the accusations by the “whistleblower” about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president last summer were so alarming as to deem the complaint a matter of “urgent concern.” (It wasn’t.) Atkinson sent two letters to the House Intelligence Committee demanding immediate attention to the bogus complaint. “I have not been authorized to...
  • Two Possibilities in Trump Wiretapping, and Neither Is Good

    12/27/2019 2:39:50 AM PST · by lowbuck · 70 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 27 December 2019 | Frank Watt
    The report of the I.G.'s findings on the use of FISA in the FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation is an outrage. As a 22 year FBI Agent, I have personally conducted multiple investigations using both Title III "wiretaps" and FISA authorized intercepts. From this perspective, I can only see two possible interpretations of the actions of the FBI and DOJ. Either scenario should anger and frighten every fair minded citizen who takes the time to read the report and understand its implications. . . snip If the heinous abuses documented in the I.G.s report result in a weakening or loss of...
  • The FBI’s FISA Frauds. Until this scandal is addressed squarely the FBI’s reputation will remain mud.

    12/27/2019 10:02:11 AM PST · by bitt · 18 replies
    spector.org ^ | 12/27/2019 | jed babbin
    Rosemary Collyer is the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the “FISC”). FISC is the judicial body that issues surveillance warrants to our intelligence agencies, principally the FBI, authorizing the interception of electronic communications of people located in the United States who are agents of foreign governments or who have connections to foreign terrorist organizations. On December 17, Judge Collyer issued a FISC opinion that was highly unusual because it was unclassified and made public. The Horowitz report said that the FBI intentionally misled the court by using incomplete and bogus information as the basis for it to...