No, the FBI didn’t just make “errors and omissions” (51 of them) in their FISA applications targeting the Trump campaign. The FISA Court says it was deception.

As reported by John Solomon in JUST THE NEWS, U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg, the new chief of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, issued an order last week suspending all FBI and DOJ lawyers involved in the Russia “collusion” case from appearing before his court until it’s determined whether or not they engaged in misconduct. (I would note that at this point, many are no longer there.) Boasberg blamed senior officials in a scathing rebuke, saying, “The frequency and seriousness of these errors in a case that, given its sensitive nature, had an unusually high level of review at both DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have called into question the reliability of the information proffered in other FBI applications.”

In other words, we can’t believe the FBI. To cut to the chase, Judge Boasberg said there’s “little doubt that the government breached its duty of candor to the Court with respect to those applications.” The judge here is accusing the FBI of lying to the FISA court.

He went on: “The errors the OIG [Office of Inspector General] pointed out cannot be solved through procedures alone. DOJ and the FBI, including all personnel involved in the FISA process, must fully understand and embrace the heightened duties of probity and transparency that apply in ex parte proceedings.”

Translation: It’s not enough to do what FBI Director Chris Wray wants to do and reform the process. This needs to go further. All personnel involved with FISA have to understand and be committed to the heightened importance of transparency and proof in proceedings such as this, in which a judge rules without all parties being present.

Top FBI and DOJ officials have spent three years trying to weasel out of being held accountable. James Comey recently said it was “nonsense” that the FBI opened the “Trump/Russia” probe without good cause. Rod Rosenstein said that the DOJ took its responsibility to submit “admissible evidence, credible witnesses” very seriously. (I guess he means the phony “dossier”?) How refreshing that this ruling by Judge Boasberg has placed the blame right where it should be.

We still don’t have indictments, but this certainly is a move in the right direction. As Solomon put it, “A judge has formally concluded that his court was misled by the work product they oversaw and signed.” By “they,” he means people at the top: James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein and others.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/21-words-uttered-fisa-court-change-russia-collusion-case

Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes of California still calls this action “too little, too late.” He appeared on Monday’s HANNITY along with Gregg Jarrett and Sara Carter shortly after meeting for about an hour and a half with Attorney General Bill Barr, who has “some great ideas,” he said. But Democrats control the House right now, and it’s doubtful they’re going to pursue needed reforms. Nunes said what needs to happen is for Congress to “open up” FISA and really take a look at it, but as Congress is currently led by Democrats, that isn’t happening.

"At the end of the day,” he said, “we need FISA to protect this country, but not if it comes at the sake of our liberties that we would have to give up.”

FOX legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said he believes the only way to bring about real reform is to either get rid of FISA entirely or adopt the rule Sen. Rand Paul has called for: No more FISA spying on Americans. The ‘Foreign’ Intelligence Surveillance Act needs to be applied only to FOREIGN, not domestic, spying.

Sara Carter pointed out that to spy on Americans on U.S. soil is a violation of Fourth Amendment. (I would add that the FBI apparently went around the Fourth Amendment by luring Americans to foreign soil to spy on them there!) Carter was right in saying we can’t trust the intel bureaucracy to do their job within the system as it exists right now.

British ex-spy Christopher Steele, whose name is on the anti-Trump “dossier” that was used to mislead the FISA court, also came up in the conversation with Hannity, so here’s the latest on him, as reported by Chuck Ross at THE DAILY CALLER: Steele defended his own work recently at a private event sponsored by the Oxford University Student Union. “I stand by the integrity of our work, our sources and what we did,” he said.

Oh, brother.

The FISA Court certainly would not agree with Steele’s self-assessment. They found that the FBI could not corroborate Steele’s allegations regarding Carter Page and other Trump associates and that Steele’s only direct source disputed much of what was in the “dossier.” That source’s FBI interview in early 2017 “raised doubts about the reliability of Steele’s description of information in his election reports,” they said. Before the 2016 election, Steele himself told his FBI contacts that one subsource of his was a “boaster” and egotist” who was unreliable. Then there are the known factual errors, such as the claim that Michael Cohen visited Prague in August of 2016 to meet with Kremlin officials to discuss paying off computer hackers. (!) Say what you will about Michael Cohen, but he never made such a trip to Prague; in fact, as far as anyone knows, he has never been to Prague.

Over the past three years, Steele has gone back and forth on the reliability of his work as his own convenience warranted. What he’s saying now is certainly at odds with what he reportedly said under oath in a British deposition. Aside from that, the FBI got plenty of warning that it was really just political garbage paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign (with money laundered through the law firm Perkins Coie), but they used it, anyway. We know that most of the “dossier” wasn’t even written by Steele, but by Fusion GPS (read Lee Smith’s THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT). Also, the Mueller report found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, though Steele had alleged this in his “dossier.”

We know Steele had hoped to keep Trump from being elected, so perhaps his renewed defense of the “dossier” is intended to help keep him from being re-elected. He has said he won’t cooperate with the Durham investigation. And not surprisingly, he disparaged Trump at the Oxford event. “Trump himself doesn’t like intelligence because its ground truth is inconvenient for him,” Steele lied. “The reality check is that Russia is a hostile state as it is run at the moment, it is out to destabilize the West, and it is nefarious in the way it goes about its business.”

Well, yes, we all know Russia wants to destabilize the West. But “ground truth” means “facts or firsthand information,” and Steele relied on fiction when the facts were on the President’s side. Steele himself --- not to mention the FBI --- must've pleased Russia to no end by encouraging that very destabilization.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/06/christopher-steele-oxford-dossier/

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  • Kevin Beck

    04/23/2020 09:20 AM

    Why does this country even have this FISA? According to most members of the House and Senate, it isn't necessary if the target is a foreign person. Additionally, the Constitution's 4th Amendment protections make it illegal to use this against a United States citizen.

    So I repeat: Why does this country even have this FISA?

  • Deborah Hunter

    03/17/2020 01:07 PM

    Words cannot describe my disappointment in our FBI and DOJ leadership over this. Christopher Wray seems to think it his job to protect the FBI. Americans will not begin to trust these institutions until those responsible pay the price. It is SICKENING. Hopefully AG Barr gets it.

  • David Prentler

    03/14/2020 08:40 PM

    Again I repeat myself, no judge I appeared before to sign a search warrant and I lied, I most assuredly not be "suspended", I would be wearing an orange jumpsuit!!!!!!

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    03/13/2020 08:34 PM

    This new is very interesting, but it shows what some people will do.

  • Ruth Ferraro

    03/13/2020 09:05 AM

    Without your updates, how would we hear about all this corruption? None of this seems to appear on Facebook or in the news. The money wasted on trying to take our President out of office is criminal. Thank you for sharing. We need prayer for our nation.

  • Elizabeth Houghton

    03/12/2020 05:09 PM

    The FISA court must accept a portion of that blame. They allowed themselves to be led by the nose. Now they want to put the blame somewhere else??

  • william r. seiser

    03/12/2020 04:57 PM

    ABSOLUTELY GREAT NOW WE NEED INDITEMENTS!!!

    THANK YOU;
    BILL

  • John Mac

    03/11/2020 03:31 PM

    The FISA court is part of the deep state. The very idea of a secret court should immediately raise red flags. They are every bit as corrupt as the people that were using them. There will be no justice, but at the very least this court should be dissolved.

  • Ira P Kirkpatrick

    03/11/2020 02:50 PM

    It is sad that it appears that our own government officials that are to be protecting American citizens and upholding our constitutional laws as well as should not be driven by and political sides has taken up with the DumbocRats as their official hit team and black ops squad to bring down a law abiding President and then lie to the American public about this. I begs the Question as to who is paying the money for doing this. Follow the money and see where it leads. I am a Vietnam Veteran that believes I have now been screwed by our Government again and again.

  • Judy Single

    03/11/2020 07:44 AM

    You have to wonder if any of the "players" in the alleged scandals were also being paid by the Russians. That would tie the Clinton's and Obama into this farce. Remember when Obama, on a hot mic at a meeting with Putin, said that he (Obama) would have more opportunities AFTER the election? Well I certainly do. What better way to involve Russia than draw them into the spy game on the side of the party that said that AND probably have the 20% of the US uranium that disappeared under the Obama White House and Clinton State Department.

  • James V. Cothern

    03/10/2020 10:55 PM

    Totally remove the FISA Courts the judiciary. Require all actions return to long held principles of law in open court.

  • Robin Rebhan

    03/10/2020 08:29 PM

    All this makes me so glad that I voted for Trump in 2016. If Trump had lost we could well have been on the way to being the " United Socialist States ".
    This was always on my mind when I very first heard of FISA. The nature of man given this kind of power seemed almost right out of a H.G. Wells novel. Once out of the box, can you ever really get it back in? You can make it illegal, but quite apparently there are those already willing to violate the law, ethics and civility to achieve their political aspirations.
    Thank God our Constitution is still intact.

  • Rodney L. Brown

    03/10/2020 08:16 PM

    You point out that the Steele dossier was paid for with laundered money. (I assume money that came from contributions to the Clinton campaign.) Isn't laundering money a crime in itself? Aren't their limits to what campaign contributions can be used to pay for? Is anything being done to prosecute this?

  • MARILYN ZAYAC

    03/10/2020 07:02 PM

    Isn't lying to the FISA court, and spying because you got permission based on false info, a crime? When will they be indicted? Seems like a big deal to me

  • Rodney Salisbury

    03/10/2020 06:48 PM

    Justice will not be served until Hillary Clinton, Comey, McCabe, Yates, Brennan and Steele all face a legitimate legal prosecution for judicial misconduct and character Assassination just for starters.
    The entrenched distrust that has been affirmed by the actions of these top officials will forever cast doubt over these two once great investigative organizations.

  • Gary Swinford

    03/10/2020 06:42 PM

    Why are these people not in jail???
    It's been almost 4 years. The US court system is rigged for the rich.
    Keep doing what you are and someone like Bernie Sanders will be voted in and both sides Democratic and Republicans will say WTF!!!

  • HCorey

    03/10/2020 06:36 PM

    When the 4th Estate is biased in favor of 1 political party and promotes that political party’s messaging as news, free people lose.

  • David Berry

    03/10/2020 05:41 PM

    What's the latest on the "imminent" Durham report?

  • Bonnie Parvino

    03/10/2020 05:19 PM

    MIKE---SEEK THE CALM TRUTH. AND REMEMBER THAT HYSTERIA IS NOT SUPPOSE TO BE THE TRUTH OF CHRISTIANS. >>>> THE WORD SAYS THAT IF YOUR BROTHER OFFENDS YOU GO TO HIM,----------------------
    I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A DIRECTIVE FOR US BECAUSE THEN IT GIVES A PERSON THE OPPORITUNITY TO SAY.--------I DID NOT DO IT. >>> OUR OWN DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT HAS HAD TRIALS WITHOUT JURIES AND JURIES WITHOUT TRIALS AND IMPROPER REPRESENTATION. HAVING BEEN THROUGH THE SAME---I SAY BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD DON'T USE MY CHILDREN AND DON'T USE OUR PRESIDENT'S CHILDREN. THE TRUTH IS JESUS. AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE USE THE LACK OF THE TRUTH IN ORDER TO STAY CALM WHEN THE TRUTH HEALS & BRINGS CALMEST AND WITH' GOD'S HELP----I AM CALM. BONNIE PARVINO GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  • Joyce Birch

    03/10/2020 05:15 PM

    I don't think anyone will pay the price for what they have done to this country & our President. You can't clean the swamp since it's been around for a 100 yrs., may be a dent & making the people aware of the ongoings in our government. Justice is Blind! I do agree with A. Turner regarding the President making remarks against J. Biden. He shouldn't be mean & he is the President of the USA. Stick to his accomplishments, may be a joke but not ugly. It will turn off people, especially those that might be having as we say, "senior moments." It's obvious something isn't connecting with Biden, gaff after gaff.

  • Ronald Boyle

    03/10/2020 04:46 PM

    Need most of them in prison to teach the rest lessons of there department requirements

  • Steven P. HURD

    03/10/2020 04:43 PM

    I am having an eye problem and just went to vote in the Missouri Primary wearing an eye patch. They took one look at me and gave me a Bernie ballot and all their gold. Arrrggghhh!

  • Firewagon

    03/10/2020 04:39 PM

    "Top FBI and DOJ officials have spent three years trying to weasel out of being held accountable."

    Well into the fourth year they have been 100% successful at the 'weasel out' bit! There are far too many 'et tu Brute' types breathing FREE air and sipping margaritas on the taxpayer's dime that *require prosecuting* and incarcerating!

    I'm old and more than just a tad 'jaded' about our government politics. Also, being pessimistic that 'We The Serfs' will ever again see "EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW," I will not be expecting to see any 'monumental' "perp walks" by the criminal privileged at least in my remaining lifetime!

    Remember too had that criminal Clinton been elected president, there would have been none of these revelations of sedition, and the 'ruling class' would be ruling still, or are they yet?

  • WILLIAM JOHN RIGNEY JR.

    03/10/2020 04:31 PM

    Enough with all the BS about misled and all these nice sounding PC words. These people all lied maliciously. They are all guilty of treason. That used to get you hung. Tell me when all this garbage starts going to prison.

  • Mitzi Cole

    03/10/2020 04:19 PM

    Your reports are always straight and to the point, no bs. It must be a southern thing. I really enjoy your prospective on things.