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6 Key Points From Report to Secret Court on FBI Spying

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18.01.2020

A former Obama administration lawyer who long defended investigating President Donald Trump’s Russian ties and spying on a campaign aide concludes in a new report that the FBI’s proposed reforms are “insufficient” to prevent abuses from occurring again.

The new criticism follows Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s scathing report last month on the FBI’s warrant application under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to eavesdrop electronically on a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

In doing so, the FBI used an unverified opposition research document paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign as the factual basis for seeking the warrant from the secret FISA court.

The FBI did not disclose the source of its information to the court. It in fact was compiled for Democrats by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, working with the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

After release of the inspector general’s report, the FISA court on Jan. 10 appointed David Kris, a former assistant attorney general with the Justice Department’s national security division, to oversee reforms to the court’s process for reviewing warrant applications.

Kris last year strongly defended the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, as well as the process prior to the release of the inspector general report.

Republicans immediately objected to the appointment of Kris earlier this month.

Following the inspector general’s report, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced 12 reforms to the agency’s warrant application process under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Kris, in his report released Wednesday, asserts that those reforms are inadequate.

“These Corrective Actions point in the right direction, but they do not go far enough to provide the Court with the necessary assurance of accuracy, and therefore must be expanded and improved,” Kris writes.

President Donald Trump had tweeted his objections to the Kris appointment Jan. 12.

You can’t make this up! David Kris, a highly controversial former DOJ official, was just appointed by the FISA Court to oversee reforms to the FBI’s surveillance procedures. Zero credibility. THE SWAMP! @DevinNunes @MariaBartiromo @FoxNews

“You can’t make this up! David Kris, a highly controversial former DOJ official, was just appointed by the FISA Court to oversee reforms to the FBI’s surveillance procedures,” Trump tweeted. “Zero credibility. THE SWAMP!”

Republican lawmakers also weighed in at the time of Kris’s appointment.

Only in washington would FISA court hope to restore credibility after FISA abuse by hiring Kris a person........

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