Finally, the Department of Justice has a number to quantify the extent of the corruption in the abuse of the FISA wiretaps that were used to illegally surveil the Trump Campaign and countless other Americans.
In a document submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) dated July 29, 2020, DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz reported that “of the hundreds of pages of the facts contained in the 29 applications audited by the Inspector General (OIG), the government has identified only one material misstatement and one material omission, neither of which are assessed to have invalidated the authorizations granted by the court in the applicable documents.”
In contrast, last December, IG Horowitz reported that of the four applications submitted, “We identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications, and many additional errors in the Woods Procedures.”
“These errors and omissions resulted from case agents providing wrong or incomplete information to OI and failing to flag important issues for discussion.”
These errors invalidated two of the four warrants the bureau obtained.
OI refers to the Office of Intelligence and the National Security Division at the FBI.
The more recent IG review found that all 29 applications contained sufficient basis for probable cause, John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said in an Aug. 3 statement. The two material errors uncovered during the review didn’t invalidate the FISC authorizations unlike the multiple errors found in the Page warrant authorizations.
IG Horowitz found a lack of preparation and supporting evidence in the form of the Woods files on four of the 29 applications. The Woods files are supporting documents that back up the assertions in the application. This demonstrates a lack of thoroughness or laziness from top to bottom and poor leadership as well in some cases, he said in the report.
The evidence indicates a clear bias and deliberate attempt to sabotage the Trump administration. It was simply statistically impossible for that many ‘errors’ to be found on so few applications and then, so few errors to be found on a random sample of a much larger number of cases.
The FISA warrants obtained by the FISC to surveil Trump associate Carter Page were obtained illegally and based largely on a falsified dossier by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Even though the dossier and the investigation was known to be a dead end, the pursuit against Trump and his associates was reignited with a passion with supervisory approval and oversight under the likes of the FBI’s Peter Strzok and James Comey.
IG Horowitz even concluded his investigation in December by stating that the errors and other failures constitute “serious performance failures by the supervisory and non-supervisory agents.”
Rosemary Collyer, the presiding FISC judge at the time, suggested the behavior of the FBI agents was so egregious that it “calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the [Inspector General’s] report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,” she said.