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Landmark Legal Foundation files with FISA Court Seeking Investigation
Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:09 AM
Mark Levin wants FISA court to investigate leaks on Trump associates
by Daniel Chaitin | Apr 20, 2017, 10:06 PM
A legal advocacy group led by conservative radio host Mark Levin, the Landmark Legal Foundation, has filed a request with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requesting a "full investigation" of multiple leaks on surveillance activity conducted at the behest of the court.
Many former associates of President Trump were then identified in news reports, likely as a result of those requests. Landmark argues that this is an illegal abuse of the FISA process.
The amicus curiae filed Thursday cites a "flurry of recent published reports" that disclose classified information, citing multiple anonymous sources. "The nature, timing and volume of classified information released indicated a systematic effort to exploit the orders of this Court for political purposes," the filing reads.
The filing refers to a number of articles from the Washington Post, New York Times, the BBC and others which contain information related to the FISA Court, which was established under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and oversees requests for surveillance warrants against foreign intelligence operations.
The articles cited concern former Trump associates: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump confidant Roger Stone and former campaign adviser Carter Page — all of whom are U.S. citizens who were "subject to a FISA warrant."
Page, for example, was hit with allegations he either worked as an agent of a foreign government or colluded with one amid reporting claiming the FBI had successfully obtained a secret court order for a FISA warrant to monitor communications in 2016. Manafort is being probed as part of congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump camp's ties to Russia.
The filing also refers to former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who got caught up in the surveillance of the Russian ambassador and whose identity was "unmasked" and "unlawfully" leaked to the media. Flynn resigned earlier this year after it was revealed he lied to the White House about his communications with the Russian ambassador.
"Each leak is potentially criminal and certainly unethical," the filing reads. "They also undermine the public's faith in the credibility of the FISA process."
The assumption here by Levin and LLF is that the FISA judge who issued warrants wasn't in on the whole thing. And we all know that is entirely possible. But let's hope for the best.
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