FISA Court Admits Carter Page Warrants were “Not Valid”

FISA Court Admits Carter Page Warrants were “Not Valid”

The top judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that at least two of the FISA applications used to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were “not valid.”

In an order dated Jan 7, 2020 and declassified and released today, FISC Judge James Boasberg wrote, “DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 (two of Page’s warrants), ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power. The Court understands the government to have concluded, in view of the material misstatements and omissions, that the Court’s authorizations in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 were not valid.”

(Boasberg–it’s worth noting–is the FISA judge who chose Obama Administration official and Republican critic David Kris to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms.)

According to the Federalist, the ruling notes that the Department of Justice had not concluded its position on the other two FISA applications against Page, however, the agency is currently collecting information to assess their validity.

One of the invalid applications, dated April 7, 2017 was signed by disgraced former FBI Director James Comey. The other, dated June 29, 2017 was signed by former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

The Federalist writes:

The FISA court order also noted that it is a federal crime for any federal official to “intentionally…disclose[] or use[] information obtained under color of law by electronic surveillance, knowing or having any reason to know that the information was obtained through electronic surveillance not authorized” by law. The following sentence of Boasberg’s ruling is redacted, raising questions about whether the government used any information obtained pursuant to the now-invalid Page surveillance warrants in other cases.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his highly anticipated report on the FBI’s FISA abuses on Dec. 9 2019. In it, he concluded that there were 17 omissions and inaccuracies in warrants against Page. Due to the omissions, Horowitz said relevant information was not shared and considered by FBI “decision makers” and the FISA court “and the FISA applications made it appear as though the evidence supporting probable cause was stronger than was actually the case.”

For the full report, click HERE.

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