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: