Skip to comments.Judicial Watch: Justice Department Discloses No FISA Court Hearings Held on Carter Page Warrants
Posted on 08/31/2018 1:22:38 PM PDT by Red Badger
[N]o such hearings were held with respect to the acknowledged FISA applications. Accordingly, no responsive hearing transcripts exist.
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today announced that in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Justice Department (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.
In the filing the Justice Department finally revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Page FISA spy warrants, first issued in 2016 and subsequently renewed three times:
[National Security Division] FOIA consulted [Office of Intelligence] to identify and locate records responsive to [Judicial Watchs] FOIA request . [Office of Intelligence] determined that there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to [Judicial Watchs] FOIA request with regard to Carter Page. [Office of Intelligence] further confirmed that the [Foreign Surveillance Court] considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings.
The Department of Justice previously released to Judicial Watch the heavily redacted Page warrant applications. The initial Page FISA warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election.
The DOJ filing is in response to a Judicial Watch lawsuit for the FISA transcripts (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01050)).
In February, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo criticizing the FISA targeting of Carter Page. The memo details how the minimally corroborated Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJs applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.
Judicial Watch recently filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the transcripts of all hearings related to the surveillance of Carter Page.
It is disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubber-stamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing on these extraordinary requests to spy on the Trump team, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Perhaps the court can now hold hearings on how justice was corrupted by material omissions that Hillary Clintons campaign, the DNC, a conflicted Bruce Ohr, a compromised Christopher Steele, and anti-Trumper Peter Strzok were all behind the intelligence used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team.
FISA courts: the swamp beneath the swamp.
Banana republic stuff ...
Hearings? Hearings? We don’t need no stinkin’ hearings....
Is this a violation of due process?
The shredder has been working overtime at the FBI and DOJ.
Disturbing?? Oh yeah.
Rubber Stamps were used by the Nazis too.
FISA Court was in on the game ...
This is why the Judges won’t call the DOJ out on this...because they are just as guilty too. They did NOT do their jobs as they swore they would. All should be impeached and brought up on charges for violating Page’s civil rights.
They can’t admit there were hearings with sworn testimony because too many deep state bigwigs would be liable for perjury. They’ll slough off the signings and no one will be held accountable.
All the FISA judges just made the list.
These courts need to be abolished.
The fisa judges need to be removed and the Fisa court abolished. All warrants should now be issued by federal judges as intended by the constitution in full observation of the 4th amendment of the constitution of the United States.
Stroke admitted he shopped the judge because they were friends.
Too bad we have sleepy jeff seZZZZion’s for an ineffective attorney general.
The face not a single FISA judge has taken punitive action against those perpetrating fraud upon the court, that is a clear indication THEY WERE COMPLICIT IN THE FRAUD.
O’muslim-Hillary-FBI: We need FISA warrants to cover our asses for illegally spying on the Trump campaign.
FISCs: What took you so long to ask and where do we sign?
lolol...that list is getting pretty big.
Sooooo, all the showed was their affidavit, which they never showed to FISC, meaning that no warrant was issued, and they went up on a wire anyway, in violation of federal law.
Is that what they admitted to?
In the real world, people would at least, lose their jobs, if not go to prison for such things.
I really hope that there’s something that the President and Sessions are holding back on and it’s all a show. If not, then Sessions should be put in prison for dereliction of duty or whatever else he can be charged with. And, Manafor, Flynn, Papadapoulis and anyone else rolled up in this farce should immediately be set free, records expunged and be allowed to sue everyone, on a personal level.
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