The Justice Department admitted that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court never held a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spy warrant applications on Carter Page.
Judicial Watch announced the DOJ revealed in a court finding Thursday that “there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request with regard to Carter Page,” and that the FISA Court “considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings.”
The infamous Christopher Steele dossier of unverified documents regarding President Trump was the basis for the four controversial FISA warrants on Page, the former Trump campaign advisor.
“It’s astonishing and disturbing that these courts couldn’t bother to hold hearings on spy warrants targeting Donald Trump,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Jason Chaffetz who was sitting in for Sean Hannity on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Friday.
“When you look at these applications, it isn’t about Carter Page. It’s about the Trump campaign. It’s about candidate number one, President Trump,” he added. “And these courts are supposed to provide oversight of the secret spy process?”
“So you’ve got the courts falling asleep at the wheel here,” Fitton continued. “And of course you’ve got the underlying corruption of the DOJ and FBI. And the leadership at the Justice Department and FBI are completely out to lunch in terms of highlighting and exposing and holding those accountable, responsible for that corruption.”
Fox News legal analyst and author Gregg Jarrett agreed with Chaffetz that “it’s a one-way court.”
“There’s only one side, the government’s side. And there’s nobody there to protect the civil liberties and the privacy rights being intruded on by the federal government,” Jarrett said. “This is what’s wrong with secret star chambers. And it’s got to stop. It’s got to be corrected in some form or fashion because the abuse of power now is rampant.”
Jarrett also expounded on embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and how he has “implicated the lead lawyer in Mueller’s special counsel team, Andrew Weissmann, who was kept “in the loop” on the dossier while he was chief of the criminal fraud division.
“So this now ruins the integrity and the credibility of Robert Mueller’s special counsel,” Jarrett said. “Weissman should be fired and the special counsel himself should say, “We apologize. We are terminating it.”
Fitton noted that the best way for the president to help and get involved is to “order the justice Department and the FBI to quickly release these records, declassify the rest of rest those FISA applications so we can figure out what’s in them, because they’re classified to cover up corruption, not because of national security issues, and get the truth out,” he said. “That’s the best way to combat the deep state at this point.”
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