The Department of Justice inspector general opened an investigation into possible FISA abuse.
Are there elements within the Federal Government who want to investigate FISA abuse and prosecute the FISA abusers? If so, do they have enough authority and support to carry out such an investigation?
We don’t know the answers to those questions yet. Frankly, I’m not too hopeful. But at least some first steps are being made and the Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz is investigating the FBI and higher up in the DOJ. While we can’t know where this step will lead or if the intent is a serious investigation, it is better than if nothing was done.
The Daily Caller reports, “DOJ Opens Investigation Into FISA Abuse, FBI Contacts With ‘Confidential Source.’”
Department of Justice inspector general Michael Horowitz opened an investigation Wednesday into possible FISA abuses by the Justice Department and FBI officials […].
“The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person,” DOJ spokesman John Lavinsky said in a statement accompanying the announcement.[…]
Lavinsky noted that the investigation was prompted by requests from several members of Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Here’s yesterday’s Fox News TV report:
In addition, Fox News reports that the investigation might grow:
The OIG statement added that Horowitz also would “review the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications.”
The statement continued, “If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.”
Last month, Sessions directed Horowitz to probe the allegations of government surveillance abuse, in light of memos released on Capitol Hill by the House Intelligence Committee about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“We believe the Department of Justice must adhere to the high standards in the FISA court,” Sessions said in February at a news conference. “Yes it will be investigated. And I think that’s just the appropriate thing the inspector general will take that as one of the matters he’ll deal with.”
All we can do now is wait and see, while we try to make sure politicians know we want answers.
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