- North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, one of the top Republicans in Congress, wants the lead judge on the secret surveillance court to investigate whether the FBI abused the process to obtain FISA warrants against Carter Page.
- Meadows wants to know whether the FISA process was “weaponized for political means.”
- Republicans claim that the FBI misled the FISA court by relying heavily on the unverified Steele dossier to mount a case against Page.
It is almost indisputable now that the Obama administration weaponized the FBI and the DOJ to spy on the Trump campaign and later, his transition committee. The information is slow to come but could be greatly accelerated once President Trump fires AG Jeff Sessions and replaces him with someone the Democrats can’t blackmail.
That will remove Rod Rosenstein from the decision making process. While it’s true that Senate Democrats can hold up a nominee for a while, the president can appoint someone temporarily until his nominee is confirmed.
The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus is asking a federal judge to investigate whether the process of granting secret surveillance warrants against American citizens was “weaponized for political means” against the Trump campaign.
“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.