James Comey is trying his best to defend the actions he took while he was the FBI director. But a recent report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) is making it really difficult.
The DOJ released a savaging report declaring that the FBI, under Comey, should have stopped spying on a 2016 Trump campaign member because it had “insufficient predication to establish probable cause.”
The bombshell revelation was found in a recently declassified letter from December that was addressed to a secret court in charge of surveillance of foreign spies. In that letter, the DOJ admitted there was a lack of probable cause to continue to spy on Trump campaign staffer Carter Page.
“Thanks in large part to the work of the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, the Court has received notice of material misstatements and omissions in the applications filed by the government in the above-captioned dockets,” the letter reads in part. “DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679, ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.'”
According to Reuters’ Brad Heath, this discovery is “a big deal.”
This is a big deal. The Justice Department is conceding that two of the four FISA applications it used to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page were not lawful, and it's not defending the legality of its other two applications. pic.twitter.com/sa6Sg35iJB
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) January 23, 2020
“The Justice Department is conceding that two of the four FISA applications it used to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page were not lawful,” Heath tweeted, “and it’s not defending the legality of its other two applications.” This could be a game-changer.