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  Posted 06 February 2019 - 11:38 PM

Mueller Hauled Before Secret FISA Court To Address FBI Abuses In 2002, Congress Told

The Hill
By John Solomon, opinion contributor
02/06/19 03:30 PM EST

Excerpt:

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill

Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and current special prosecutor in the Russia case, once was hauled before the nation’s secret intelligence court to address a large number of instances in which the FBI cheated on sensitive surveillance warrants, according to evidence gathered by congressional investigators.

For most of the past 16 years, Mueller’s closed-door encounter escaped public notice because of the secrecy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

But thanks to recent testimony from a former FBI lawyer, we now have a rare window into documented abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and how the courts handled the matter.

The episode is taking on new significance as Mueller moves into the final stages of his Russia probe while evidence mounts that the FBI work preceding his appointment as special prosecutor may have involved improprieties in the securing of a FISA warrant to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign.

The sin that plagued the FBI two decades ago, and that now lingers over the Russia case, involves the omission of material facts by agents applying for FISA warrants in sensitive counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases.

Such omissions are a serious matter at the FISC, because it is the one court in America where the accused gets no representation or chance to defend himself. And that means the FBI is obligated to disclose evidence of both guilt and innocence about the target of a FISA warrant.

Trisha Anderson, who recently stepped down as the FBI’s principal deputy general counsel, told House investigators late last year in an interview that early in Mueller’s FBI tenure, nearly two decades ago, the FISC summoned the new director to appear before the judges to address concerns about extensive cheating on FISA warrants.

“It preceded my time with the FBI but as I understood it, there was a pattern of some incidents of omission that were of concern to the FISA court that resulted in former Director Mueller actually appearing before the FISA court,” Anderson told Congress.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller at the special counsel’s office, declined comment on Anderson’s testimony. So, too, did FBI spokeswoman Kelsey Pietranton.

Other sources who worked for Mueller at the time told me the court's concerns arose in 2002 and 2003 — shortly after America was stunned by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks — when the FISC learned the FBI had omitted material facts from FISA warrant applications in more than 75 terrorism cases that dated back to the late 1990s.

Most of the omissions occurred in FBI work that pre-dated Mueller’s arrival, the sources said. But the court wanted assurances the new sheriff in town was going to stop such widespread abuses.

Mueller told the court the FBI had created a new system called the Woods Procedures — named for the FBI lawyer who drafted them — to ensure FISA warrant applications were accurate and did not omit material information, according to Anderson’s congressional interview.

“My understanding is he committed to the court to address the problem and then that the series of reforms that we implemented, including the use of the Woods form, were the direct result of his engagement before the FISA court,” Anderson told Congress.

Mueller does not appear ever to have publicly addressed his appearance before the FISC. But once, in follow-up written answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he acknowledged there was a period in which the FBI was caught filing inaccurate FISA warrants.

“Prior to implementation of the so-called Woods Procedures there were instances where inaccurate information was provided by FBI field offices and headquarters personnel to the Court,” Mueller wrote to senators in 2003.

A declassified FISC order from 2002 gives a glimpse into how serious the omissions were: In one case the FBI failed to tell the court that the person they were seeking a FISA warrant to surveil was, in fact, one of their own informants.

The court expressed concern that “misinformation found its way into the FISA applications and remained uncorrected for more than one year despite procedures to verify the accuracy of FISA pleadings.”

Anderson’s testimony isn’t just for the history books. It has as much relevance today as when the judges first became upset with the FBI.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 01:07 AM

Well isn't that interesting... <_<
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Posted 07 February 2019 - 02:43 AM

A pattern of abuse of power should mean that he needs to be removed from his position and then investigated thoroughly and made to answer for his crimes.
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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:26 AM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 07 February 2019 - 02:43 AM, said:

A pattern of abuse of power should mean that he needs to be removed from his position and then investigated thoroughly and made to answer for his crimes.


He's a Democrat, you know better than that. They will find nothing wrong, sweep this under the rug and move on. This is just anointing him before the attack.
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Posted 07 February 2019 - 09:12 AM

Ya know, the president almost released classified information detailing Rosenstein's involvement in the FISA warrant that eventually led to Mueller's investigation, but was talked out of it for some reason. It's never been discussed since, but with Adam Schiff reopening the House Intel investigation Devan Nunes closed when Republicans had the majority, maybe it's time to finally declassify that information and get it out there for all to see.

Can you imagine if Hillary and her people were put under the same scrutiny?! We'd have to build another federal prison just to house 'em all!

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:12 PM

Mueller is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. He deleted thousands of emails and scrubbed devices of evidence to make crimes disappear. Comey is corrupt as hell. He was part and parcel of Obama’s abuse of FISA and the conspiracy to undermine the election and overthrow a duly elected president though false accusations and sedition.

But Trump is the one under investigation?

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:30 PM

And once again, nothing will come of this.
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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:44 PM

View PostGI JANE, on 07 February 2019 - 06:12 PM, said:

Mueller is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. He deleted thousands of emails and scrubbed devices of evidence to make crimes disappear. Comey is corrupt as hell. He was part and parcel of Obama’s abuse of FISA and the conspiracy to undermine the election and overthrow a duly elected president though false accusations and sedition.

But Trump is the one under investigation?

WELCOME BACK! :)

We haven't seen you here for a long time?

View Posterp, on 07 February 2019 - 06:30 PM, said:

And once again, nothing will come of this.

:exactly:

Because the deep state protects it's own.
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:14 PM

View PostRock N, on 07 February 2019 - 06:44 PM, said:

WELCOME BACK! :)

We haven't seen you here for a long time?


:exactly:

Because the deep state protects it's own.

:yeahthat:
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 10:33 PM

View PostGI JANE, on 07 February 2019 - 06:12 PM, said:

Mueller is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. He deleted thousands of emails and scrubbed devices of evidence to make crimes disappear. Comey is corrupt as hell. He was part and parcel of Obama’s abuse of FISA and the conspiracy to undermine the election and overthrow a duly elected president though false accusations and sedition.

But Trump is the one under investigation?

:exactly:

A-yup!

View Posterp, on 07 February 2019 - 06:30 PM, said:

And once again, nothing will come of this.

That's because the deep state runs everything.

They protect their own.

And Mueller hauled in for 2002 violations? REALLY?

17 <censored>ing years later? :wtf:

Why did it take so damned long?

Must be only because Trump is in office now and is trying to deal with this past criminal deep state bullshidt after nobody else ever bothered to?

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 11:16 PM

View PostGI JANE, on 07 February 2019 - 06:12 PM, said:

Mueller is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. He deleted thousands of emails and scrubbed devices of evidence to make crimes disappear. Comey is corrupt as hell. He was part and parcel of Obama’s abuse of FISA and the conspiracy to undermine the election and overthrow a duly elected president though false accusations and sedition.

But Trump is the one under investigation?


Holy <censored>e Jane, good to see you!!!
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 07:57 AM

View PostGI JANE, on 07 February 2019 - 06:12 PM, said:

Mueller is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. He deleted thousands of emails and scrubbed devices of evidence to make crimes disappear. Comey is corrupt as hell. He was part and parcel of Obama’s abuse of FISA and the conspiracy to undermine the election and overthrow a duly elected president though false accusations and sedition.

But Trump is the one under investigation?


Because you know.... ORANGE MAN BAD!!!!!!!
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