Sunday, July 12, 2020

Mark Meadows to Appeal Surveillance Court’s FBI Reforms Ruling

North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows says that House Republicans will appeal the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) over its decision to pick former Obama Justice Department official David Kris to assist in the FBI’s surveillance reforms.

Meadows’ comments on the matter came in an interview with investigative journalist Sara Carter.

The planned reforms follow the Inspector General report’s on the FBI and DOJ during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Per the Daily Caller:

“I can tell you that a few of us, are not only appealing this to the judge who has now taken over the FISA process but we are also looking at this when it comes to renewing the FISA process within Congress,” Meadows told Carter.

Judge James Boasberg, who presides over the FISC, tapped Kris on Friday to serve as what’s known as an amicus curiae. Boasberg said that Kris, who served in the Obama Justice Department, will assist the FISC by monitoring the FBI’s surveillance reforms.

The IG report found “significant” errors and omissions in the FBI’s applications to surveil Page. The report said that FBI agents withheld exculpatory information related to Page, and information that was damaging to the credibility of former British spy Christopher Steele.

FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer ordered the FBI on Dec. 19 to come up with a plan to address the failures laid out in the IG report. Collyer said that the FBI made “false” and “misleading” statements in applications for the Page surveillance warrants.

AAN Staff
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