JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DISCLOSES NO FISA COURT HEARINGS HELD ON CARTER PAGE WARRANTS

Justice Department admitted last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the FISA spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page..

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Carter Page

Judicial Watch today announced that in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Justice Department (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time adviser who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.

In the filing the Justice Department finally revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the his FISA spy warrants, first issued in 2016 and subsequently renewed three times:

FOIA consulted Office of Intelligence to identify and locate records responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request  determined that there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to FOIA request with regard to Carter Page. Office of Intelligence further confirmed that the Foreign Surveillance Court considered the his warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings.

The Department of Justice previously released to Judicial Watch the heavily redacted Page warrant applications. The initial Page FISA warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election.

The DOJ filing is in response to a Judicial Watch lawsuit for the FISA transcripts (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01050)).

In February, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo criticizing the FISA targeting of Carter Page. The memo details how the “minimally corroborated” Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.

Judicial Watch recently filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the transcripts of all hearings related to the surveillance of Carter Page.

“It is disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubber-stamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing on these extraordinary requests to spy on the Trump team,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Perhaps the court can now hold hearings on how justice was corrupted by material omissions that Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, a conflicted Bruce Ohr, a compromised Christopher Steele, and anti-Trumper Peter Strzok were all behind the ‘intelligence’ used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team.”

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3 Comments on JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DISCLOSES NO FISA COURT HEARINGS HELD ON CARTER PAGE WARRANTS

  1. And almost all the 0bama hold overs are still in their positions. How does that even make sense for someone who wants to drain the swamp. We are treated to so many shinny objects that the obvious is being ignored.

  2. and WHY would anyone be surprised by this?

  3. Elizabeth Craine // September 1, 2018 at 11:39 am // Reply

    This is getting more infuriating by the day. IT seems that so many illegal act have been committed against our President by the FBI/DOJ. There needs to be a total house cleaning of those depts. Some people need to go to jail.

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