- Attorney David Kris tweeted: "Trump has to go"
- Kris writes for and promotes the anti-Trump blog Lawfare
- Lawfare's founder wrote of needing an "insurance policy" if Trump were elected
On Friday, the FISA Court posted an order naming anti-Trump lawyer David Kris to “assist the court” in assessing the FBI’s response to the court-ordered cleanup of lapses and abuses identified by Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz.
In a report released last month, the IG found FBI officials violated rules, policies and law in their applications to wiretap former Trump volunteer Carter Page. Horowitz testified the FISA surveillance process needs to be fixed "from top to bottom."
To some, the appointment of Kris is as mysterious as why the FISA Court's judges failed to flag the FBI abuses on their own.
In social media posts, Kris has called Republican Congressman Devin Nunes “a politicized, dishonest [Intelligence Community] overseer who attempts to mislead.” He tweeted that Trump and his advisors should be “worried” that the “walls are closing in on him” regarding the Mueller probe. Kris also bought into the now-disproven conspiracy theory about Trump colluding with Russia and Putin. But even more importantly, since that time, Kris has advocated for President Trump’s removal.
Kris's vocal opinions on President Trump and politics present numerous, obvious conflicts of interest.
In addition, Kris writes for the anti-Trump blog “Lawfare” and called Lawfare’s chief, Benjamin Wittes, “incisive.” Wittes is the man who wrote of the need for an “insurance policy” against Trump prior to Trump’s election.
[O]ur democracy needs a health insurance policy...The courts have a few obvious advantages, starting with hundreds of independent judges of both parties whom Trump cannot remove from office and who don’t have to face his supporters in forthcoming elections...The goal...will be to offer a systematic defense of the values the Coalition of All Democratic Forces holds in common and to have the ability to respond rapidly to actions that threaten those values: to forestall such actions in court as long as possible, to whittle them down, and to block those that can be blocked. The goal is to use the courts to render Trump’s antidemocratic instincts as ineffectual as possible.Benjamin Wittes, blogger, "Lawfare," Oct. 24, 2016
Wittes is also a friend of ex-FBI Director James Comey who was referred for criminal charges for mishandling and leaking government information in his anti-Trump efforts. (The Justice Department passed up charges, with officials stating they didn’t believe Comey meant any harm.)
IG Horowitz flagged 17 mistakes in the FBI's surveillance applications against Page and testified, "I think it’s fair for people to … look at all these 17 events and wonder how it could be pure incompetence.”
Likewise, one could look at the FISA Court’s appointment of Kris to help fix things… and wonder whether it could be pure incompetence.
The latest FISA Court action could be construed as a moment of chilling charity in the ongoing questions about how these abuses could have occurred, and the challenges with fixing them.
Read the FISA Court order naming Kris by clicking the link below:
William Smith says
Please! Someone explain to me: Why are swamp creatures being appointed to supposedly.... DRAIN THE FRIGGIN' SWAMP??!!!
Judge Boasburg signed the order to hire this lunatic. Boasburg was appointed to the FISA court by Chief Justice Roberts. He can't be trusted either to stand for the Constitution.
In other words nothing is going to change.
Richard McElrath says
It's frustrating and frightening to see the extent to which our political and judicial processes have been corrupted by liberal ideology. It's maddening that those in charge of the judicial process and the DOJ leadership think we don't incite their bias and conflicts of interest.
GEORGE EADY says
NO THEY DONT. THE DNC AND HOLLY WOOD AND MOST OF THE AMERICA SYSTEM THINK'S THAT ALL AMERICANS ARE AS DUMP AS A ROCK. THEY THINK IF THEY SAY IT WE WILL BELIEVE IT. ON LINE A LOT. I SEE AMERICA WILL SHOW THEM ALL JEST HOW DUMB WE ARE NOT. WHEN MOST IF NOT ALL WILL BE HUNTING A NEW JOB AFTER 20/20 . TRUMP IS THERE BIGEST FEAR. HE CAN FIX THIS AND THEY KNOW IT . TRUMP 20/20
James Young says
The partisan credentials of the judge are unclear. He was appointed to be a Federal judge by President Barry, however.
Stan W. says
Talk about arrogance of the Washington swamp--it's just like the "good ol' days" of politics. To paraphrase former Chicago Alderman Paddy Bauler "The FBI ain't ready for reform yet!"
Stan Welli says
Such arrogance! To paraphrase long-time Chicago alderman Paddy Bauler: "The FBI ain't ready for reform yet!"
What part of a free and fair society and a written constitution do secret courts and the clandestine wiretap fit in? It's time to end this unconstitutional system and return above board rights to the people!
Get rid of FISA. They've been corrupt almost since their inception. Those judges would have to be "stuffed" for not catching the criminal applications proffered to them by Comey. They go, Kris goes too. Barr needs to take over and also re examine that clinton foundation fake investigation by Huber while he's at it. We're about 4 years into playing the swamp games with these people and nothing has happened. They're looking to "run out the clock". Then the country will explode.
Phil F says
The fix is in by the obviously corrupt FISA court. How could they seriously think this clowns appointment would provide an honest and fair assessment of the equally corrupt FBI.
It's a deliberate cover up of the wrong doing by the FBI and the Obama Justice Department. What Obama judges made this appointment?
I think we need to dismantle the FISA courts until the FBI/CIA can demonstrate a modicum of justice and integrity...
Patriotism, Loyalty to the Constitution
John Czerkawski says
Swamp creatures will continue to exist. You will not like my comments. Your government is controlled by a foreign state. This state controls our foreign and monetary policies. The only way to get back our freedom is the abolition of the current system in favor of independent states. Thank you!
GEORGE EADY says
YOU ARE RIGHT . AMERICA IS TOO BROKEN TO FIX. THEY ONLY WAY IS TO REBUILD HER. AND PUT IN PLACE IF ANY ONE TRYES TO BUY THERE WAY IN . OR CONTROL HER IN ANY WAY THAT IS NOT BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. (LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY)
James Sowka says
Absolutely agree! Have been preaching similar for last couple of years. The huge pot of money we surrender to DC is too much temptation. Humans are flawed and imperfect. (Ever heard of the saintly parish secretary caught embezzling? ) This cannot be fixed by electing "correct" candidates (I don't believe the polls are honest anyway). Quick, direct solution is to keep most of the tax receipts in your own state, and send to DC only enough to support it's Constitutional duties. Money is power, and if the flow slows to a trickle, the Swamp will dry up very quickly, be on their knees! .STATES' RIGHTS!
Obviously, this is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I hope you can see the logic of us controlling OUR money, and thereby able to regain needed leverage. I'll ask you guys for ideas on how to execute this. Constitutional convention?
I just love seeing the battle between the Deep State and Trump so out in the open. Usually these things are not so obvious. It's like being in a virtual coliseum. I'm hopeful. Nunes is a warrior
Hal Lemoyne says
Well I can see whoever appointed david kris to any US Fisa Court
just means that the deep state will be free to sweep all evidence
safelt under his deep state rug as much as he desires in order to
save his hateful corrupt ass deep state friends
SO I am still so glad WE USofA
wake up everyday to
💥💞👍TRUMPence our/his US ReTRUMPlican Lawmakers 2016-2028 successfully US Landslide Reelected assuredly
Amen & Amen👍💞💥
Lise McLain says
Why doesn't President Trump "clean house" in various executive agencies as well as the Justice Department actually the Injustice Department?
Lise from Maine
It is discomforting that the FISA court appointed the seemingly partisan Mr. Kris.
Alice Wilcox says
I could cry. This is just chilling. It is clear that the most heinous creatures abide in Washington DC and our government's corruption will prevail long after DJT has left office. Even with the truth so obviously before us, the swamp dwellers will stay in business. I fear my beloved country is a lost cause
Joyce Jones says
Get rid of corrupt FISA and things might improve. Stop wallowing in ur own filth!
Frank Day says
Everyone please remember!! Chief Justice John Roberts is in charge of the FISA court!!
Also remember, he is the one who rewrote Obamacare so it could be legal !!
The FISA court is corrupt. Time to disband it. Roberts appointed almost ALL of the Fisa judges. Bush appointed Roberts. Connect the dots.
Glint Breightly says
The unspoken question is, could the [FISA] court itself be corrupt? How else could so many "errors" have gone undetected and uncorrected? If not corrupt, then how about incompetent?
I might be ok with Kris being appointed to liquidate all the assets and close the doors of this FISC forever. Anything more than that is blatant swamp promotion and a slap in the face to 63 million + American voters. If the swamp is counting on us not paying attention, I intend to work with my fellow citizens to make enough noise about this that they will hear us.