FISC Bans FBI and DOJ Officials Involved in Carter Page Surveillance from Seeking Wiretaps
The FISA Court has banned (at least temporarily) FBI and DOJ officials connected to the sham Carter Page investigation from any involvement with FISA applications.
In an opinion released yesterday, FISA Chief Judge James Boasberg declared, “FBI personnel under disciplinary review in relation to their work on FISA applications accordingly should not participate in drafting, verifying, reviewing, or submitting such applications to the Court while the review is pending. The same prohibition applies to any DOJ attorney under disciplinary review, as well as any DOJ or FBI personnel who are the subject of a criminal referral related to their work on FISA applications.”
Fox News reports:
In a 19-page ruling that can be read here, Boasberg also largely approved revisions that the FBI said it would make to its process for seeking wiretaps – in reaction to a damning report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz that detailed errors and omissions in applications to conduct surveillance on Page in 2016 and 2017.
Among the problems, Boasberg noted, were that the FBI had “omitted or mischaracterized” various “information bearing on [former British spy Christopher] Steele’s personal credibility and professional judgment.”
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.”
“Omissions of material fact were the most prevalent and among the most serious problems with the Page applications,” Boasberg wrote, pointing out that IG Horowitz discvoverre that the FBI didn’t disclose to the FISA court that it knew Page had previously had a relationship with another intelligence agency from 2008-2013
“Instead,” writes Fox News, “the FBI’s FISA application made Page’s Russian contacts seem furtive and undisclosed, even though Page had reported them.”
For the full report, click HERE.