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Baker also profoundly misunderstands the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He says that "FISA was never intended as a tool to pursue Americans" but only "agents of a foreign power"; that it "was not intended to be used in criminal prosecutions"; that it was and is an "abuse" to seek a FISA ... FBI
National security lawyer Bradley Moss sent a letter Tuesday to President Trump urging him to release the materials of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant materials used to obtain the authority to spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page. The letter was sent on behalf of USA ... FISA
In June 2015, Congress adopted modest reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") -- the federal statute that allows the Department of ... to create a roster of attorneys willing to appear as amicus curiae, or friend of the court, to challenge the DOJ's application for a Surveillance warrant.
The memo alleged that the FBI relied on information from a dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Democratic groups when they sought a warrant to monitor Carter Page, one of Trump's foreign policy advisors, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Last week's letter from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to Attorney General Jeff Sessions states that the FBI may have broken federal law by using unverified information to support its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant applications against Carter Page. FISA

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, established in 1978 through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to oversee the process by which the federal government requests secret Surveillance warrants, has become a rallying call for the Trump administration and some Republican lawmakers, ... FISA
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, established in 1978 through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to oversee the process by which the federal government requests secret surveillance warrants, has become a rallying call for the Trump administration and some Republican lawmakers, who ... FISA
Levin demanded that Congress investigate whether the Justice Department and the FBI engaged in “misconduct” before the FISA court, partially because of the role the dossier played in the obtaining a surveillance warrant. Levin criticized the judges and said the his organization, the Landmark Legal ... FISA
White House: Trump wants overhaul of FISA for getting surveillance warrants ... “Look, the president's made clear that he has a lot of concerns like you said with the current FISA process,” Sanders said at the daily press briefing, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “Nothing makes the ... FISA
Trump's latest tirade stems from a comment Sessions made Tuesday, when he suggested the Justice Department's inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors and FBI agents wrongly obtained a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of a onetime ... FISA
... Department is looking at whether the FBI has properly handled applications for surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. ... When the Nunes memo, which focuses on the FISA warrants on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, was released earlier this ... FISA
The Nunes memo's core allegation is that the FBI and Department of Justice misled at least one federal judge on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court during the Trump-Russia investigation. In October 2016, the FBI requested a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page ... FISA
Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Sunday that the Department of Justice is investigating whether the FBI disclosed all relevant facts to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court in seeking a warrant to spy on a 2016 Trump campaign volunteer. “Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based ... FISA
In the wake of the House Intelligence Committee's release of a GOP-crafted memo alleging surveillance abuses by the Department of Justice, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, is defending the FBI for its conduct in seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump campaign ... FISA
When asked if then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe told the Intel Committee behind closed doors that if not for the Steele dossier no FISA warrant would have been issued, he said that was taken "out of context" and that those were "not his exact words." He called the dossier "largely accurate." FISA
Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the FBI and the Department of Justice. Why it matters: There are a lot of myths about FISA, its associated courts, and the approval process the DOJ must go through to get a warrant to conduct surveillance. FISA

The Justice Department hasn't publicly commented on the warrant request, but some officials and former officials have said that the dossier was not the basis for the warrant. If a part of Steele's dossier was presented to the FISA court judge, that portion would have been validated and approved by several ... FISA
The Justice Department is launching an investigation into the controversial Carter Page warrant ... A judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court has to give the FBI permission if it wants to spy on a US citizen it thinks might be working with a foreign government. Republicans and ...
The Justice Department's Inspector General announced Wednesday that it will be conducting an investigation into how the FBI handles Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant applications in response to requests from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and members of Congress. Why it matters: Back in ...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Sunday the process used by the FBI to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will be investigated after allegations of abuses of power committed by the agency under the Obama administration. "Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based on facts ...
Nunes, R-Calif., wants FISC to turn over transcripts from hearings related to the FBI and Justice Department's application for and renewals of a warrant to conduct surveillance on a Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page. Goodlatte, R-Va., sent a similar request to FISC last month, and also reached out to the ...
In the wake of the House Intelligence Committee's release of a GOP-crafted memo alleging surveillance abuses by the Department of Justice, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, is defending the FBI for its conduct in seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump campaign ...
When asked if then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe told the Intel Committee behind closed doors that if not for the Steele dossier no FISA warrant would have been issued, he said that was taken "out of context" and that those were "not his exact words." He called the dossier "largely accurate."
The Justice Department hasn't publicly commented on the warrant request, but some officials and former officials have said that the dossier was not the basis for the warrant. If a part of Steele's dossier was presented to the FISA court judge, that portion would have been validated and approved by several ...
So-called FISA applications — named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — go before a special court for review and approval. The court proceedings and records are secret to protect the release of intelligence information including confidential sources. But legal experts say warrant applications ...
The Nunes memo says that the FBI abused the FISA surveillance law over its use of the opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump and Russia as part of the case to obtain a FISA warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. It cites the role of deputy attorney general ...
Adam Schiff of California available as well. The Nunes memo says the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act over its use of the opposition research dossier on Donald Trump and Russia as part of the case to obtain a FISA warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page ...
The memo alleges that the FBI and Justice Department did not adequately explain to a judge that they were relying partly on research by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele when they sought to renew a warrant for surveillance of Page from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Court (FISA).
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), first passed in 2008, allows the U.S. government to collect data, like text messages and e-mails, on foreign intelligence targets outside the United States without obtaining a warrant. It also lets the government collect the communications of ...
The dossier that the memo alleges helped drive the decision to seek a FISA warrant on Page was compiled in 2016 by former British spy Christopher Steele, a trusted FBI partner in previous investigations, who had been commissioned by the private research firm Fusion GPS to investigate Trump's business ...
Investigative reporter Sara Carter on the Obama-era FBI using FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. ... one senior law enforcement official, and another in the DOJ, and the dossier was absolutely used as part of the FBI's ability to gain a warrant to basically spy on members of the Trump campaign.
President Donald Trump's decision this week to blast out an early-morning tweet slamming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) sent lawmakers ... and specifically its Section 702, which allows the US government to track and collect the communications of foreigners overseas without a warrant.
Instead, the President's frustrations Thursday morning appeared to be aimed only at surveillance that was conducted on foreign intelligence sources -- likely using a FISA warrant -- that also swept up members of the Trump transition team. The identities of some of those Trump officials were unmasked by ...
Thursday on his syndicated radio program, Mark Levin reviews the facts about reports that the Steele Dossier was used by the Obama administration to gain approval for a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Circa News reporter Sara Carter reported this week that the ...
The President also seemed to ignore the fact that only Section 702 was up for a vote, not the entire Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. ... directive from the FISA court that allows for collection from a certain foreign intelligence asset for a certain period of time, which makes it broader than a warrant.
The President also seemed to ignore the fact that only Section 702 was up for a vote, not the entire Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. ... directive from the FISA court that allows for collection from a certain foreign intelligence asset for a certain period of time, which makes it broader than a warrant.
Before voting to extend the law, known as Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the House rejected an amendment that would have imposed a series of new safeguards. That proposal included a requirement that officials obtain warrants in most cases before hunting for, and reading, emails and other ...
The infamous and unverified Russian dossier on President Donald Trump continues to make headlines, as FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly discussed it at a closed hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last week. According to the Washington Times, ...
Sessions: FISA Abuse in Obama Administration "Will Be Investigated... We're ... with Maria Bartiromo, promised that there would be an investigation into alleged FISA abuse by the Obama administration during the 2016 election. "Every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Sunday that the Department of Justice is investigating whether the FBI disclosed all relevant facts to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court in seeking a warrant to spy on a 2016 Trump campaign volunteer. “Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based ...
The memo purportedly proves that intelligence officials abused surveillance powers authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in ... 1 of the law, nicknamed “traditional FISA,” law enforcement must go before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to receive a warrant to surveil an ...
Feinstein's retreat back to a hawkish posture on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) gave supporters of the status quo the vote ... The approach that passed the House last month and is now poised for final Senate approval this week includes a narrow new warrant requirement that ...
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which the Senate voted to renew with a few small tweaks this week, allows the U.S. to ... Some Republicans have claimed that the FBI inappropriately obtained a politically motivated FISA warrant to spy on Trump during the transition and on ...
Fox News host Sean Hannity said Thursday night on "Hannity" that the memo involves the text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress that prove that the dossier was the pretext for FISA warrants. Strzok was the agent who led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server ...
Privacy hawks and civil libertarians in the House, which will vote Thursday on proposals to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, say renewing it without safeguards for Americans tramples on the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches. But federal authorities,.
NSA Surveillance Bill Would Legalize Loophole That Lets FBI Spy on Americans Without a Warrant ... The bill would reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which serves as the basis for some of the NSA's largest surveillance programs, and keep it on the books through 2023.
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a warrantless surveillance law, seeks to track and foil foreign terrorists. ... the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other US bodies to gather and/or search private communications without a warrant.
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to provide the first official confirmation Thursday that the FBI has applied for secret FISA warrants in the Russia investigation — the type of warrants that can allow the bureau to spy on the email and telephone calls of specific individuals. Testifying ...
Rep. Jim Jordan Grills FBI Director Wray About Peter Strzok: Did He Use Steele Dossier To Obtain FISA Warrant? ... Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was fired by the Mueller investigation for sending "anti-Trump text messages," was involved with getting a warrant to spy on members of the Trump campaign.


 

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