Did the FBI Lie to the FISA Court?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Would the FBI lie? Either that or Carter Page is a superspy and the FBI agents are incompetent and blind.

The answer to the question, “Did the FBI lie?” is dealt with thoroughly by Mollie Hemingway. She doesn’t directly answer the question. Rather, she deals with it the way C. S. Lewis dealt with the question of Jesus. Lewis told readers that the evidence did not allow them to claim Jesus was merely a great moral teacher, because a great moral teacher wouldn’t falsely claim to be God. So they had to believe Jesus was a liar or lunatic, or acknowledge him as Lord. Likewise, you have to believe that Carter Page is the greatest spy in history and that the FBI is utterly clueless…. or that the FBI lied to the FISA court.

She writes at The Federalist, “Confirmed: DOJ Used Materially False Information To Secure Wiretaps On Trump Associate.”

Newly released documents confirm House and Senate investigators’ claims that the Department of Justice and FBI used materially false and misleading information to secure wiretaps on Carter Page, a former volunteer foreign policy advisor to President Trump. The highly redacted documents released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests show how the FBI was able to convince the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to surveil the Naval Academy graduate and energy consultant for a year of his life.

The wiretap was applied for and granted in October 2016, shortly before the end of the presidential campaign. Approved applications last for 90 days. The Department of Justice requested and received three renewals, for a total of one year of surveillance. Despite claiming to the court in 2016 that “the FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian Government,” the government has yet to charge Page with breaking any of the serious laws it alleges he knowingly transgressed.

Here is what the highly redacted FISA applications show us thus far.

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As members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Judiciary Committee previously reported, a salacious and unverified dossier was essential to the government’s case for spying on Page. The information from the dossier is presented to the court as if it’s believable.

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It remains possible that Page is the most talented spy who ever walked the earth and fully deserved to be surveilled by the federal government. It is also possible that the surveillance was ordered merely because the country has an intelligence apparatus that was unable to recognize their main source was a liar whose sub-sources were at best playing him and whose recklessness left his little partisan research project open to manipulation by foreign adversaries.

Barring those options, our intelligence apparatus misled a FISA court with materially false claims.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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