The FISA court came out in a rare public rebuke on Tuesday, chastising the FBI for misleading the court by lying and withholding information in the applications for warrants to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page.
Judge Rosemary Collyer, the Presiding Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued the order and demanded that the FBI provide information about proposed reforms by January 10.
It was good that the court finally condemned what was done in strong terms.
But as some noted, it didn’t do nearly enough and at this point, it’s a bit late.
Because the court failed in its fundamental duty to protect the public and they had cause to know that there was a problem before the IG report came out.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) who is on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked Judge Collyer to look into the problem previously in October 2018, noting the politicization of the process.
From Daily Caller:
“As the Presiding Judge of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)], you are privy to information which could potentially verify or contradict our understanding of abuses of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)] process,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows wrote in a letter Monday to Judge Rosemary Collyer. “Ultimately, to protect the integrity of the process, we believe such an investigation is necessary.”
“We write to encourage you to investigate the possibility FISA has recently been weaponized for political means,” added Meadows, a Republican member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Mark Levin also blasted the judge on his radio show and he didn’t hold back.
From PJ Media:
“I want to admonish this judge,” Levin said. “She had an opportunity to act when it mattered. Back on April 20, 2017, the Landmark Legal Foundation under its president, Pete Hutchison, filed a motion — a secret motion — with this court. And it was a motion informing the judge of the violations that had occurred based on published reports because it was known back in April of 2017. Some of it, if not much of it. And those exhibits were provided to the judge. Five days after we filed that […], the judge ruled” to deny the request arguing there was “no matter pending before the court with respect to which such an appearance would be proper.”
“That was always a disingenuous reply,” Levin went on to say, “but this judge, and apparently she changed her mind today. Apparently she changed her mind more than 2.5 years later and realized: ‘Oh, I have jurisdiction. The matter is pending I suppose.’ Although that never made any sense because a judge is free, even when a matter is done, to call parties before them in their courtroom if in fact the judge believes wrongs have been committed in the court and against the court.”
“And so Judge Collyer did not protect the federal judiciary, she did not protect her own courtroom, she did not protect the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” Levin said. “For more than 2.5 years, she allowed these perpetrators to get away with what they did. And she could have brought an end to this. She could have had an evidentiary hearing or a contempt hearing if you will, and she chose not to.”
He said that she’s getting on the bandwagon now. But that she needs explain why 1000 of these applications get approved and only one was denied. Levin said Collyer owes Americans some answers on this and the court needs to answer before Congress.
“You chose to sit on the sidelines for 2.5 years and watch it all play out. You chose to sit on your hands and watch it all play out until you could get cover from the Inspector General’s report rather than conduct your own judicial inquiry. That is appalling to me.”
“And this is why when Senator Mike Lee was on my program last night. I said I don’t have a whole lot of faith that they’re going to be able to reform this system. Not when we have judges like this who even after the fact take their damn good old time addressing what was obvious over 2.5 years ago.”
The other problem is there’s no personal accountability. Maybe that’s coming, but right now, no one has been held accountable by the court for lying to it and withholding evidence.