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Justice Department Announces FISA Reforms To Prevent Another Carter Page Debacle

Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday announced new measures aimed at preventing abuse of the FISA system that occurred during the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.  Barr placed more stringent requirements on the FBI to obtain FISA orders against elected federal officials, federal candidates, and their advisers.  Barr also announced the formation of the FBI Office of Internal Auditing.  ...

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FBI Memo Raises Red Flags About Dossier Sources Behind Allegations Against Trump Aide

An FBI memo declassified on Friday provides the most detail so far about the sourcing for the infamous Steele dossier. The memo shows that two Russian sources provided the information regarding Carter Page, the former Trump campaign aide surveilled by the FBI.  The involvement of the sources raises further questions about possible Russian disinformation in the dossier, according to a ...

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ANALYSIS: It Would Have Been Good To Know The Steele Dossier Was Russian Disinformation Three Years Ago

At some point in 2017, the precise month is not clear, the FBI obtained evidence that Russian operatives fed disinformation to former British spy Christopher Steele. That stunning revelation came on Friday, and not through a leak, as did so many of the anti-Trump and pro-Steele stories that have come out since the dossier was published in January 2017. Instead, ...

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DNC Responds To Carter Page Lawsuit, Claiming Steele Dossier Is ‘Substantially True’

Responding to a lawsuit from Carter Page, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee claimed in a court filing this week that the “gist” of the Steele dossier is accurate.  Page sued the DNC and two of its outside attorneys on Jan. 30, accusing them of spreading false information collected by dossier author Christopher Steele.  The Justice Department inspector general found ...

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House Strikes Deal On Surveillance Bill, Addressing Some Problems From Carter Page FISA Report

Lawmakers in the House reached an agreement Tuesday to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with some proposed reforms aimed at addressing some problems the Justice Department’s inspector general found with the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The proposed bill comes just days before the surveillance law, known as FISA, is set to expire. House Speaker Nancy ...

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Carter Page Sues DNC Over Steele Dossier

Carter Page has taken his first legal action in the wake of a Justice Department inspector general’s report on FBI abuse of the FISA process. The former Trump campaign aide sued the DNC and its law firm Thursday over their role in commissioning and disseminating the Steele dossier.  The DNC, through its lawyers at Perkins Coie, hired Fusion GPS, which ...

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Ex-DOJ Official Picked To Assist FISA Reform Was Ardent Defender Of FBI’s Surveillance Of Carter Page

Former DOJ official David Kris was picked Friday to oversee the FBI’s reforms of its surveillance procedures in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report.  Kris was an ardent defender of the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page. He was also a vocal critic of Republicans who suggested that the FBI misled the surveillance court in its applications to wiretap ...

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FISA Judge Orders FBI To Identify All Cases Involving Lawyer Who Altered Carter Page Email

The top judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered the FBI to review cases involving a bureau attorney who altered an email regarding Carter Page. Judge Rosemary Collyer ordered the review in a secret filing on Dec. 5. The FISC released it on Friday.  Collyer slammed the FBI for submitting “false” and “misleading” information in order to obtain surveillance ...

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Horowitz: FBI Should Have Considered Shutting Down Investigation Of Carter Page

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday that the FBI should have considered shutting down its investigation and surveillance of Carter Page much earlier than the bureau did, because the probe was not yielding any evidence that the former Trump campaign adviser was working as a Russian agent. “If you’re getting information that isn’t advancing and, in fact, potentially ...

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FISA Judge Blasts FBI For Providing False Information To Wiretap Carter Page

The top judge on the federal court overseeing surveillance activities accused the FBI on Tuesday of providing false and misleading information about Carter Page in applications to wiretap the former Trump campaign adviser. Judge Rosemary Collyer, the presiding judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), issued the stern and unprecedented rebuke in a memo ordering the FBI to come ...

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Comey Says He Was ‘Wrong’ About FBI’s Surveillance Abuse, But Downplays His Own Role In Bungled Case

James Comey admitted Sunday that he was “wrong” about the FBI’s handling of surveillance warrants against Carter Page, who the former FBI director acknowledged was “treated unfairly” by having his name leaked to the press as a suspected Russian agent. “He is right. I was wrong,” Comey said in an interview on Fox News Sunday in reference to the findings ...

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‘It’s Pretty Bad’: Michael Horowitz Sums Up FBI’s Surveillance Abuses Against Trump Aide

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz pulled no punches Wednesday when describing the actions of FBI agents who withheld information regarding Carter Page in order to obtain surveillance warrants against the Trump campaign aide. “It’s pretty bad,” Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee. Horowitz offered the assessment during an exchange with Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary ...

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Lindsey Graham: Carter Page Should ‘Sue The Hell Out Of’ The FBI And DOJ

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he hopes that Carter Page “sues the hell” out of the FBI and Justice Department for relying on the unverified Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against the former Trump campaign aide. Graham was speaking at the opening of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to go over a Justice Department inspector general’s report that found ...

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FBI Failed To Disclose That Carter Page Was ‘Operational Contact’ For CIA, Was Given ‘Positive Assessment’

The FBI failed to inform surveillance court judges that Carter Page was an “operational contact” for the CIA for years, and that an employee at the spy agency gave the former Trump aide a “positive assessment,” according to a Justice Department report released on Monday. The finding is included in a list of seven of the FBI’s “significant inaccuracies and ...

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