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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

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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

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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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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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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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FISA Report Was So Bad That FBI’s Top Lawyer During Russia Probe Felt ‘Distressed’ After Reading It

Former FBI general counsel James Baker said Monday that he felt “distressed” after reading the Justice Department inspector general’s report laying out “significant” errors and omissions in the bureau’s applications to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. In an interview on CNN, Baker went further in his critique of the bureau than did FBI Director James Comey, who said ...

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Attorney General Barr Calls FBI Actions Against Trump Campaign ‘Clear Abuse of the FISA Process’

U.S. Attorney General William Barr applauded Tuesday the work of Inspector General Michael Horowitz in creating his report on FBI abuses of the FISA process. “Nothing is more important than the credibility and integrity of the FBI and the Department of Justice.  That is why we must hold our investigators and prosecutors to the highest ethical and professional standards,” Barr ...

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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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The FISA Report Is Finally Coming. Here’s What To Know About It

The Justice Department’s inspector general will release a much-anticipated report on the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign on Monday. The report is expected to detail the FBI’s decisions to open the Trump-Russia investigation, as well as the bureau’s efforts to obtain surveillance against a Trump campaign adviser. Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, will testify about the report on Wednesday.  ...

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