Lindsey Graham to Call On Chief Justice Roberts to Investigate FISA Court Abuse
Graham noted that president Donald Trump is 'down' on the FISA court
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., declared he would request Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to investigate possible abuse of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during the 2016 election.
Graham noted that president Donald Trump is "down" on the FISA court, he told reporters on Thursday he will make a call to ask, "‘Would you please look and see what happened?’ because I don’t want to lose the FISA program."
Roberts has the power to appoint judges to the FISA court.
The House Intelligence Committee releases a memo last year claiming the Trump dossier, which contained unsubstantiated claims of Trump's ties to Russia, was used to obtain a FISA warrant and three renewals to spy on one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
But a lot of crucial information, like Democratic benefactors and its author's anti-Trump bias, was conveniently left out.
According to The Washington Examiner: Republicans have often cited the use of the dossier as misinformation used to inappropriately watch Trump and his campaign during the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats maintained in a rebuttal memo that the FISA process was not violated and the Justice Department and FBI "met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA's probable cause requirement."
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Earlier this year, Nunes called on the FISA court to hold the FBI responsible for deceiving them about the dossier, claiming that not doing so would do further damage to the credibility of the FISA process.
In March, Graham announced a reignited investigation by his committee into alleged FISA abuse.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz declared the preliminaries of a FISA abuse investigation in March 2018 after requests from both then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Republican members in Congress.
He is presumed to wrap up by May or June. Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Wednesday he was “working very closely” with the Horowitz as they both conduct investigations into the investigators who ran the Trump-Russia investigation at the Justice Department and FBI.
On Wednesday, Graham opened a hearing about the Mueller report by promising to investigate pro-Clinton law enforcement officials' targeting of President Donald Trump.
“Once the Mueller report is put to bed, and it will be soon, this committee is going to look long and hard at how all of this started,” Graham, R-S.C., said.
Attorney General William Barr was met on Wednesday by the panel about special counsel Robert Mueller 's report, which Graham and other Republicans maintain exonerates Trump of wrongdoing.