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‘Who wrote this crap’? Brit Hume slams Atlantic article on gov’t surveillance that didn’t age so well

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Fox News’ Brit Hume took a shot at The Atlantic for a 2018 article on the “silver lining” in the foreign intelligence surveillance process.

The Fox News senior political analyst tweeted a link to the article authored by April Doss last year which proclaimed that, following last year’s release of FISA applications to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016, fears should be set aside as “government-surveillance requests are carefully crafted, not haphazard documents rubber-stamped by compliant judges.”

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“How’d you like to be the person who wrote this crap,” Hume wondered in his tweet, crediting the Federalist’s Sean Davis.

Davis had remarked in his own tweet that, in the wake of findings in the report released this week by the Justice Department’s inspector general,  the Atlantic piece had aged “poorly.”

Doss, who served as Senior Minority counsel for the Russia investigation on the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted in the article that the FISA applications “appear to be well-supported” and that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court “was kept fully informed in each application of all of the relevant context about the source, its potential bias, its reliability, and the state of the source’s relationship with the FBI.”

Despite noting errors, violations and false statements, Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report found that the FBI investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign was justified and was not politically motivated, a conclusion that U.S. Attorney John Durham and Attorney General Bill Barr openly disagreed with.

The IG report focused, in part, on the surveillance of Page by the FBI after claiming he was an “agent” of a foreign power. The allegation was based in part on information from British ex-spy Christopher Steele, though Page has refuted the accusations and has never been charged with any wrong-doing and the FBI made no mention to the court about Steele’s connection as an employee of the company hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Horowitz’s report found at least 17 errors in the warrant applications by the FBI, questioning why investigators even considered Steele to be a credible source.

Davis continued to hammer home the point on Twitter.

Twitter users responded with applause to Hume’s brutal takedown of the Atlantic article.

Frieda Powers


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