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The Justice Department Inspector General report released Monday vindicated long-held Republican concerns over Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse when it came to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s surveillance of a member of the Trump campaign.
House Intelligence Committee Republicans released their findings of potential abuses in a February 2019 report that found a “troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.”
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Democrats on the committee at the time insisted there was no abuse. In a response to the GOP memo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote:
Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests.
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However, the DOJ IG’s report released Monday listed a number of concerns with how the FBI obtained and renewed FISA warrants on Trump campaign members.
The report said the FBI “fell far short” in making sure the FISA application to surveil former Trump campaign member Carter Page was “scrupulously accurate” and failed to inform the Justice Department decision makers of all relevant information in order to support the application:
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Our review found that FBI personnel fell far short of the requirement in FBI policy that they ensure that all factual statements in a FISA application are ‘scrupulously accurate.’ We identified multiple instances in which factual assertions relied upon in the first FISA application were inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation, based upon information the FBI had in its possession at the time the application was filed. We found that the problems we identified were primarily caused by the Crossfire Hurricane team failing to share all relevant information with [Office of Intelligence] and, consequently, the...
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