The deadline for the FBI to provide key information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court passed on Friday.
As of now, there has been no public release filed by the court disclosing what information the FBI provided.
The order for information from the FBI was secretly issued by the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court, Rosemary Collyer, on December 5 and made public Friday.
The order came after the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) uncovered previously nonpublic misconduct by FBI agents, officials and lawyers involving their election year surveillance connected to the Donald Trump campaign, which continued in 2017 after he became president.
One key finding by IG Michael Horowitz was that an FBI lawyer doctored a document presented to the FISA court in order to justify wiretapping a U.S. citizen, former Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page.
According to the IG, the CIA explicitly emailed the FBI saying that Page had acted as a source for the CIA on Russian spy cases in the past. This is information the FBI was required to disclose to the FISA court with its application to wiretap Page. That's because the disclosure that Page acted as a government source could impact the court's judgement that he would actually, at the same time, also be a Russia spy -- as the FBI claimed -- deserving of being wiretapped.
Instead of providing the key information, the IG says an FBI lawyer altered the CIA email to reflect the opposite, falsely stating that Page had not been a CIA informant.
On December 5, Judge Collyer ordered the FBI to do the following "on or before December 20," which was Friday:
- Flag all other cases before the FISA court in which the FBI participated in.
- Explain what the Department of Justice and FBI have done to verify that those cases were not tampered with.
- Tell the court whether the FBI attorney has been referred to the association that oversees ethical conduct of attorneys.
Read the court's full order by clicking the link below:
Mike Asbury says
Thank you for covering a story the MSM will not.
Collier is part of the coup! Another traitor!
Bruce Smith says
30 years w/o parole would be an appropriate sentence for doctoring court documents.
Arthur Shatz says
It is truly amazing how the MSM has ignored the serious implications of this story. Had the FISA court been made aware of Page's connection to the CIA, they might not have renewed the warrant and the whole collusion scam would have evaporated. If people don't see a problem with the FBI altering documents I think they are somewhat divorced from reality.
James Raclawski says
when confronted with irrefutable reality regarding the grotesque debasement of the FISA capability - and the systematic felonious abuse of a federal court (FISC) ..... WHAT'S a judge (who was on the receiving end of the "assault" ) to do? It's a little behind the power curve in light of Adm Rodgers (dirNSA) "fire alarm" documented illegitimate exploitation of the NSA collection database .... made several years ago to this same judge....
without "scalps"..... without "hands being cutoff"...... without all key players being fitted with orange jumpsuits...... it'll only amount to nothing more than.... rearranging the deck chairs on the deck of the titantic......
Lurker Jack says
NSA chief alerted FISC that the FISA on Page was bogus three days after it was issued. This information was ignored and later renewals were offered. Collyer knew what she was doing and is now blowing smoke. The FBI must be quite perplexed that the court is not covering them!