DoJ Inspector General has a “lack of confidence” in the FBI’s procedures to validate information used to obtain spy warrants on American citizens, the watchdog said in a report released Tuesday.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found errors in all 29 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications that were subject to the review.
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— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) March 31, 2020
The audit is a follow-up to an investigation of the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page, the former Trump campaign aide.
A report of that investigation blasted the FBI for making dozens of errors and omissions in four applications the bureau submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). The findings prompted the Justice Department to retract two of the warrants because they were based on faulty information.
The OIG review released Tuesday suggests that the FBI’s problems are widespread.
“As a result of our audit work to date and as described below, we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy,” the OIG said in a memo to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
When the Horowitz Report came out, James Comey said that those who attacked the FBI on #FISA "should admit they were wrong."
The only thing we were wrong about was FISA abuse was even worse than we thought!
In fact, the FBI failed over 92% of the time.https://t.co/GqPjQzYnl2
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 31, 2020
House Republicans demand hearing on FBI FISA failures after new bombshell revelations
Rep. Jim Jordan, top Republican on House Judiciary Committee, demands Democrat hold hearing on FBI inaccuracies in surveillance warrant applications.
John Solomon, April 1, 2020:
House Republicans late Tuesday renewed their demands that the House Judiciary Committee hold hearings into the FBI spying on Americans after a new review found agents routinely used inaccurate or incomplete evidence to justify surveillance warrants.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the panel’s ranking member, sent Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a letter requesting the hearings in response to a special investigative memo released by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz earlier in the day.
That memo warned FBI Director Christopher Wray that a review of more than two dozen Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants authorizing spying on Americans in intelligence and terrorism investigations found all had failed to comply with so-called Woods Procedures designed to protect civil liberties. Most of the applications contained factual errors, unsubstantiated evidence and other problems, Horowitz disclosed.
The IG has completed an audit of the FISA Woods Files.
Files were missing.
Every application they reviewed (25) had errors and unsupported facts.
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) March 31, 2020
#FISA Don’t over look new audit’s assessment @carterwpage warrants from IG Horowitz “we identified fundamental and serious errors in the agents’ conduct of the FBI’s factual accuracy review procedures with regard to all four FISA applications.” @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/MmYWgG0z5a
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) March 31, 2020
#FISA In new audit IG Horowitz emphasizes “the FBI had failed to follow its policies for re-verifying factual assertions made in the initial FISA application (Trump campaign aide Carter Page) that were also included in the three FISA renewal applications.” @carterwpage @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/ttVQmZD9UG
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) March 31, 2020The findings showed the problems first detected during the Russia collusion investigation, in which an uncorroborated and erroneous Steele dossier was used to justify a spy warrant targeting the Trump campaign in 2016, are far more widespread across the FBI.
“The Committee must not allow the FBI’s extraordinary power to electronically surveil Americans to be so haphazardly rubber-stamped with incorrect, unsubstantiated or erroneous supporting information,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan’s minority GOP colleagues in the House, have been clamoring for hearings since evidence first emerged of FBI abuses and wrongdoing in the now-debunked Russia collusion investigation.
You can read Jordan’s letter here.
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