Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today that he would not have signed off on a FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page if he had known at the time how flawed the warrant application process had been.
Rosenstein’s testimony comes as President Trump and his congressional allies are trying to nullify the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation code-named Crossfire Hurricane. (National Review)
“If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the application?” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asked Rosenstein during his testimony.
“No, I would not,” Rosenstein replied.
In December, the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded in a report that the FBI omitted crucial details in its requests for warrants to surveil Page, saying the agency neglected to inform the FISA court that the controversial Steele dossier, cited in applications to spy on Page, was unreliable.
Rosenstein defended his approval of the warrants, however, saying that “every application I approved appeared to be justified based on the facts it alleged,” and blamed the FBI, which he said “was supposed to be following protocols to ensure that every fact was verified” but failed to do so.