FISA Judge Steps Down Unexpectedly After Explosive IG Report
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Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited audit on the FISA Application report earlier this month.
Of note, the internal investigation -- which looked into the reasoning for the FBI's spying on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election -- found that FBI officials had falsified documents for the special court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to obscure the fact that Trump campaign aide Carter Page had a history of working as “an operational contact” for another agency of the government.
In other words, top FBI officials falsified documents so they could obtain warrants to spy on members of Trump's 2016 campaign.
Now, just weeks after this explosive revelation, presiding FISA judge Rosemary Collyer announced she will be stepping down early due to "health issues."
New York Times reporter Charlie Savage wrote via Twitter that after her abrupt departure, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts tapped Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, to replace Collyer.
Last Tuesday, Collyer rebuked the FBI under fired Director James Comey for the abuse of the FISA Court.
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the [Office of Inspector General] report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,” Collyer wrote.
“The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable,” she added.
The FBI hit Collyer back with a weak response and claimed Director Wray “has ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the Report’s recommendations, including some improvements beyond those recommended by the IG.”
And now, she’s stepping down early from her post.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the development “interesting.”
It's certainly interesting that (1) Collyer is stepping down weeks after releasing a public statement blasting the FBI for lying to the FISA court and (2) that she will be replaced by an Obama-appointed judge.
Horowitz also found that there was extreme bias against then-candidate Trump by senior members at the FBI; the FBI deliberately doctored evidence it presented to FISA court to keep spying on the Trump campaign; and the inspector general found “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” concerning FBI efforts to obtain secret FISA warrants against Page.