Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton discussed the possibility that the FBI may have violated criminal statutes in the process of getting FISA applications.
Fitton was reacting to a letter from Rep. Devin Nunes to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday listing five criminal statutes – including conspiracy, obstruction of justice and contempt of court – that may have been violated by applications made by the FBI to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court in order to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“I think it’s pretty darn interesting that you have an Intelligence Committee chairman having to remind the FBI and the Justice Department what the rules and the laws are,” Fitton said on Fox News Friday, noting that one of those rules is making sure “that they are presenting accurate information to the FISA court.”
“The court is expected to rely on it, but of course they didn’t make sure it was accurate,” Fitton continued, referring to the use of the infamous, unverified anti-Trump dossier that was funded by Democrats in order to obtain warrants to spy on Page.
“They pretended it was accurate and arguably misled the court,” he added, noting that, if that’s the case, then “all sorts of criminal laws” were violated.
Fitton reminded viewers that the Intelligence Committee had to fight the Justice Department and FBI for almost a year to get the background information on the dossier.
“They covered up its origins. They didn’t want to turn it over to Congress, ” he said.
The watchdog group president also believes it’s “extremely important” for the public to actually see the applications for the warrants.
“The dossier is the reason for the Mueller investigation,” Fitton said, citing the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election by Russian officials. “No dossier, no Mueller investigation.”
“And this is why, I suspect, the Justice Department and FBI don’t want to say much or do much on the dossier, which was improperly used.”
Fitton was not hopeful that any action would be forthcoming as the parties involved are “at loggerheads” over the dossier and will not likely move forward without the intervention of the White House.