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House Intel committee asks POTUS to declassify part of FISA app


Sara CarterIn a letter released Sunday night, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is requesting that President Donald Trump declassify roughly 19 pages of the fourth application of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Carter Page. The committee claims this effort is necessary to expose the irregularities in how the FBI and Department of Justice obtained the renewal warrants that lasted for nearly a year.

I sure would like to know what the House Intel committee thinks is under the redactions on those pages. You may also be interested in the broader summary of issues with the application. And they are serious issues. Andrew McCarthy, who spent some time defending the FISA application before he actually saw it, said this:

Andrew McCarthy at National ReviewIn my public comments Sunday morning, I observed that the newly disclosed FISA applications are so shoddy that the judges who approved them ought to be asked some hard questions.
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It turns out, however, that the crazies were right and I was wrong. The FBI (and, I’m even more sad to say, my Justice Department) brought the FISA court the Steele-dossier allegations, relying on Steele’s credibility without verifying his information.
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I am embarrassed by this not just because I assured people it could not have happened, and not just because it is so beneath the bureau — especially in a politically fraught case in which the brass green-lighted the investigation of a presidential campaign. I am embarrassed because what happened here flouts rudimentary investigative standards.

One of the questions that needs to be asked is "Is this the usual evidentiary standard for FISA cases?"

If so, the court needs to be shut down as a rubber stamp and the entire process redesigned and reformed.

If not, the judges who approved this application need to be examined for evidence of bias along with the FBI, DOJ, and intelligence community.

This entry was published Tue Jul 24 09:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-07-24 09:52:25.0. [Tweet]

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