Spurred by a Justice Department inspector general (IG) report that found the FBI made serious mistakes in a FISA surveillance application during its Russia probe, a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge ordered the bureau to submit changes to the process for obtaining permission for surveillance.
“The frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. 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 F.B.I. applications is reliable,” Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, the court’s presiding judge, said. “The FISC expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing with the Court. Without it, the FISC cannot properly ensure that the government conducts electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes only when there is a sufficient factual basis.”
In a more than 400-page report, Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz said while investigators acted appropriately in opening a probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, he found numerous mistakes and omissions in the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
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