Secret FISA Court Throws FBI Under the Bus for ‘Basic and Fundamental Errors’ in Warrant Request
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued a sharp rebuke of the FBI on Tuesday, accusing them of “so many basic and fundamental errors” in filing the surveillance application for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the OIG report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,” Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge with the FISC, wrote in an order to the FBI released by the court.
Collyer ordered the FBI to provide a sworn statement to the court by Jan. 10 detailing how they intend to overhaul their process making surveillance applications to ensure an abuse of this magnitude does not happen again.
The order has been issued in the wake of an explosive report from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). Inspector General Michael Horowitz detailed a comedy of errors from an FBI that has proven itself to be ridiculously incompetent or malicious in its attempts to pin Russian collusion on President Trump and his close associates.
Collyer said that the report has presented “troubling instances in which FBI personnel provided information to NSD [the National Security Division of the Justice Department] which was unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession.”
“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,” Collyer wrote.
“The FISC expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing with the Court. Without it, the FISC cannot properly ensure that the government conducts electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes only when there is a sufficient factual basis,” she added.
Former FBI Director James Comey has been forced to publicly eat crow following the release of the report as well.
“He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” to host Chris Wallace, referring to Page.
“I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and Justice had built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA,” he added.
President Trump is already gloating over the fact that his enemies have egg on their faces with their corrupt dealings finally being acknowledged by the fake news media.
President Trump has much to gloat about these days with his poll numbers rising and impeachment hysteria failing to captivate the public. The deep state’s credibility has never been lower, as different tentacles of the intelligence community point fingers at each other.