Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) has revealed that GOP lawmakers will appeal FISC Judge James E. Boasberg’s decision to appoint Republican/Trump critic and Obama Administration lawyer David Kris as amicus curiae to review of the FBI’s botched handling of its FISA applications.
Meadows told journalist Sara Carter that he and other top GOP lawmakers will send a letter demanding that Kris be removed from overseeing FISC reforms. He also said Republicans in Congress will work to ensure that the government no longer infringes on Americans’ civil liberties.
“I can tell you that a few of us, are not only appealing this to the Judge who has now taken over the FISA process but we are also looking at this when it comes to renewing the FISA process within Congress,” said Meadows.
He continued, “There’s a renewal of a section of the FISA that is coming up. I’ll be talking to (former Judiciary Chairman, now retired) Bob Goodlatte…we’re now working very actively with the administration to make sure that no American, not just the President of the United States, not Carter Page, it’s not just a few people but to ensure that no American’s civil liberties were actually infringed upon, and that’s what happened here.”
“Not only did it happen, but it happened deliberately and until we fix it all Americans are at risk,” Meadows continued.
As Bongino.com reported yesterday, Kris served at the DOJ in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011 and is a critic of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other Republicans who dared to call out the FBI for its corrupt handling of its FISA applications for Page.
In a March 2018 article for left-wing blog, Lawfare, Kris claimed that the Nunes memo “tried to deceive the American people in precisely the same way that it falsely accused the FBI of deceiving the FISA Court.”
He wrote, “Had the FBI done in its FISA applications what Nunes did in his memo, heads would have rolled on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s disturbing that Page met that legal standard and that there was probable cause to conclude he was a Russian agent.”
Kris continued, calling the Nunes memo “dishonest” and wrote, “if it is allowed to stand, we risk significant collateral damage to essential elements of our democracy.”
President Trump slammed the appointment of Kris over the weekend, writing on Twitter, “You can’t make this up! David Kris, a highly controversial former DOJ official, was just appointed by the FISA Court to oversee reforms to the FBI’s surveillance procedures. Zero credibility. THE SWAMP! @DevinNunes @MariaBartiromo @FoxNews.”
You can’t make this up! David Kris, a highly controversial former DOJ official, was just appointed by the FISA Court to oversee reforms to the FBI’s surveillance procedures. Zero credibility. THE SWAMP! @DevinNunes @MariaBartiromo @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
Congressman Nunes also reacted to the news of Kris, telling the Daily Caller that the FISC choice was “shocking and inexplicable.”
“It’s hard to imagine a worse person the FISC could have chosen outside Comey, McCabe, or Schiff,” said Nunes.
In early December, 2019, DOJ Inspector General Horowitz’s report discovered 17 “significant errors” in the FBI’s FISA applications for spying on Page.
“We identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications, and many additional errors in the Woods Procedures,” states the report.
“These errors and omissions resulted from case agents providing wrong or incomplete information to OI and failing to flag important issues for discussion,” the report continues.