Remember when the Justice Department inspector general found all of those ‘errors’ made by career FBI agents in their requests to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for warrants to spy on 2016 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page?
Well, a new analysis of FBI requests for FISA warrants makes it crystal clear the bureau under former President Barack Obama was definitely targeting then-GOP nominee and eventual President Donald Trump.
In a review of 29 spy applications approved by the FISA court, the Justice Department IG found just two material errors.
The IG discovered 17 substantial errors in the bureau’s Page applications.
If that doesn’t prove that the Trump campaign was definitely being targeted, nothing will short of an outright admission by the principles.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), a secret court that operates with little oversight, ordered the FBI to overhaul its spying practices after Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz uncovered the major errors in applications to surveil Page.
Earlier this year, Horowitz found the FBI failed to properly support every single application out of the 29 selected for an audit. Probing the Woods files of each application, or records that are supposed to back up assertions in the applications, Horowitz found that no Woods files existed for four of the applications while the remaining applications had “apparent errors or inadequately supported facts.”
The FISC ordered the Department of Justice to review the applications.
The review by the DoJ found that every one of the 29 applications for surveillance warrants met the standards of sufficient basis for probable cause, according to John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, in a Monday statement.
And what’s more, the two material errors that the analysis uncovered were not even close to invalidating the FISC authorizations. By contrast, the Justice Department admitted earlier this year that several errors in the applications to spy on Page invalidated two of the four warrants that were issued.
In short, the submitting agents and FBI officials lied to/defrauded the FISA court, which used to be a crime until President Trump came along.
“The findings, along with the dozens of corrective actions undertaken by the FBI and the department’s national security division, ‘should instill confidence’ in the FBI’s use of surveillance granted through FISC, Demers said,” The Epoch Times.
No. What will ‘instill more confidence’ in the system of obtaining secret warrants from a secret court are indictments, prosecutions, and convictions – none of which have happened yet because federal prosecutor John Durham appears to be on an endless cycle of probing what anyone with a large double-digit IQ knows was illegal spying on the Trump campaign.
Because here’s the thing: If the worst that happens to the suspects is they were fired, that’s not going to stop other deep state types from repeating those efforts in the future, either against Trump or some other presidential contender ‘they’ don’t happen to like.
In any event, it seems rather clear that the Trump campaign was targeted by the former president and his sycophants in the Justice Department and intelligence community. This new DoJ analysis makes that clear.