While all eyes were focused yesterday on the impeachment circus, crafted by ringmasters Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, a more crucial hearing just down the hall was being ignored by the mainstream media, with far more meaningful ramification to our Republic, then the soap opera being performed for the viewing public.
In a rare public statement on Tuesday, the chief judge for the FISA Court finally spoke out, with a blistering rebuke of the FBI over their shoddy surveillance-application process, boarding on willful malfeasance.
The official condemnation from the court’s presiding judge Rosemary M. Collyer, gave the bureau until January 10th to remedy the countless “errors” and “mistakes” referenced within the IG report, which somehow refused to connect the dots, that this was from the outset a targeted investigation by the FBI, to smear the President.
Judge Collyer after reviewing Horowitz’s IG report drafted a 4-page summary regarding the willful mishandling wiretapping of Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to President Trump.
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the [Office of Inspector General] report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above. “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 the information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”
Judge Collyer continued, “As FBI Director Christopher Wray has stated, the inspector general’s report describes conduct by certain FBI employees that is unacceptable and unrepresentative of the FBI as an institution,” the bureau responded in a statement Tuesday night. “The director has ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the report’s recommendations, including some improvements beyond those recommended by the IG.”
However, Collyer hasn’t yet specified what reforms the FBI must implement, in order to obtain permission to spy on an intended target under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The court so far is leaving those reforms (for now) with FBI Director Wray.
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this entire situation is what Inspector Horowitz implied Wednesday during his second scheduled appearance on Capitol Hill that this abuse of power by the FBI in obtaining FISA warrants on Carter Page from the court, may, in fact, be much more prevalent, than first thought.
“The concern is that this is such a high-profile, important case. If it happened here, is this indicative of a wider problem — and we will only know that when we complete our audit – is it isolated to this event?” Horowitz told lawmakers during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “Obviously, we need to do the work to understand that.”
Horowitz acknowledged that FBI agents didn’t follow basic procedures when investigating Page, required by the Justice Department in obtaining a FISA application, such as providing accurate evidentiary support.
The FBI either willfully ignored or neglected to independently verify the information in the Steele dossier, purchased by the Hillary Clinton campaign through their opposition research firm, which was used as the prime source in obtaining a warrant against Page.
The wider issue after this disturbing revelation concerning FBI abuse of the FISA Court, is how widespread is this practice? In that, the FISA Court approves over 99% of the applications submitted by the FBI, with apparently few questions asked by the judges, who appear to be simply rubber-stamping after application that comes their way.
One can only imagine how many Carter Page’s have been victimized by this shadowy process, and how many innocent individuals may have been jailed based on faulty evidence along with a corrupt FBI.