Over 400 pages of documents related to the FISA court warrant applications to surveil former Trump campaign operative Carter Page have been released. Now we know for certain: The unverified "Steele dossier" was used as evidence to get a warrant to spy on Page.
Though heavily redacted, the documents make clear that the FBI told the FISA court Page is a Russian agent who was betraying the United States. The dossier, which was funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, served as the first piece of evidence cited to allege Page coordinated with the Russians to influence the election. The FBI cited additional evidence, an article written by Michael Isikoff for Yahoo news, but failed to disclose that Isikoff received his information from Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who authored the dossier.
What does that mean? It means that the FBI presented unverified campaign opposition research to FISA court judges to spy on Page, and the judges signed off on the applications.
Indeed. Comey FBI partially relied on an anonymously sourced report from a Hillary Clinton operative (Michael Isiko… https://t.co/NuOiS8ICsy— Jordan Schachtel (@Jordan Schachtel)1532216722.0
“I damn well expect federal judges serving as FISA court judges to make sure that [misconduct] wasn’t committed in front of them," Levin told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Levin also said it was time to abolish the FISA court.
It’s time to abolish the FISA court. It’s time to create a new, a counterintelligence-related court. It should not consist of existing federal judges. They should be confirmed, not for life terms, for given terms. The FBI and the Justice Department, when they go into that court, should not be alone any more. There ought to be an office within the federal government that’s there to ensure that civil liberties are protected.
If FISA court judges won't hold the FBI accountable for presenting unverified campaign opposition research for a warrant, Congress must hold them accountable.