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Trump Urges House Republicans To Vote Against Spy Tool Used Against Campaign

President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged House Republicans to vote against reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the surveillance tool that the FBI used to wiretap former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. “I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, ...

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Senate Allows FBI to Search Your Browser History Without Warrant

IB Times – An attempt to block an extraordinary expansion of federal surveillance failed in the U.S. Senate by one vote on Wednesday, enabling the Justice Department to collect personal data such as browser history without a warrant. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s amendment to the Patriot Act expansion, now unchallenged, limits attorneys’ ability to question the FBI’s reasoning for surveillance. The amendment proposed ...

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CODEVILLA: I Helped Write FISA. Let’s Destroy It

On June 17, 1972 police caught four men unconnected with politics, led by James McCord, who worked for President Nixon’s re-election campaign, in the act of installing electronic listening devices in the Democratic National Committee’s Watergate hotel headquarters. McCord implicated the scheme’s masterminds: G. Gordon Liddy, General Counsel for the campaign, and E. Howard Hunt, a marginal White House staffer. ...

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‘Lack Of Confidence’: DOJ Watchdog Finds More Problems With FBI’s FISA Procedures

The Justice Department office of the 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 on Tuesday. The office of the inspector general (OIG) found errors in all 29 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications that were ...

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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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Spy Court Sidelines FBI And DOJ Officials Who Wiretapped Carter Page

FBI and Justice Department employees involved in the process of wiretapping Carter Page were barred Wednesday from taking part in other investigations involving surveillance warrants while they are under disciplinary or criminal review. The order, from Judge James Boasberg, who presides over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), is the latest fallout from a Justice Department watchdog’s report on FBI and ...

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FBI Agent Faulted In FISA Report For ‘Significant’ Errors Has Finally Been Identified 

An FBI agent faulted for some of the most significant problems laid out in the Justice Department’s inspector general report of FISA abuse against a Trump campaign associate has been identified as Stephen A. Somma, a counterintelligence investigator who works out of the FBI’s New York field office. The New York Times, citing people familiar with the FBI’s Russia probe, ...

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Swampy: Ex-DOJ Official Named In FISA Abuse Report Signs Petition Calling On William Barr To Resign

There is no swamp - A.F. Branco political cartoon

A former Justice Department official and MSNBC analyst who is discussed throughout the inspector general’s report on FISA abuse added his name Monday to a petition calling on William Barr to resign as attorney general. David Laufman, who served as chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence and export control section through 2018, said Monday that he joined more than 2,000 ...

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Lindsey Graham Releases FISA Witness Wish List

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Friday identified 17 FBI and Justice Department employees he wants to interview regarding the FBI’s surveillance abuses against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Graham identified several FBI agents who helped put together applications for surveillance warrants submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ...

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Wray: FBI Agents Involved In FISA Debacle Have Been Referred To Bureau’s Disciplinary Office

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that the FBI agents involved in the surveillance of Carter Page who are still at the bureau have been referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility for possible disciplinary action. During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Wray noted that most of the FBI officials who oversaw Crossfire Hurricane, which involved surveillance of Page, ...

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Senators’ Letter Stirs Mystery Over 4 Classified Footnotes In FISA Report

The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Tuesday to declassify information in four footnotes in the report on the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. The senators said the redacted information is “essential” for the public to fully understand what went wrong in the probe. “The American people have a right to ...

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GOP Lawmakers Press Spy Court For Answers About Ex-DOJ Official Picked To Monitor FBI Reforms

Two leading Republican lawmakers pressed the judge presiding over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on Thursday to explain his choice of former Justice Department official David Kris to monitor the FBI’s proposed reforms in response to an inspector general’s report regarding surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. “If the FISC’s goal is to hold the FBI accountable for its ...

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Mark Meadows: GOP Will Appeal To Surveillance Court Over Choice To Oversee FBI Reforms

Rep. Mark Meadows said Monday that congressional Republicans plan to appeal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) over its choice to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report regarding the bureau’s wiretapping of Carter Page. In an interview with journalist Sara Carter, Meadows criticized the FISC’s pick of former Justice Department official ...

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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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