McCabe And Robert Mueller’s Pit Bull Top Speakers On Reforming FISA. Yes, Really.

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Special Counsel top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann will be top speakers at NYU School of Law Reiss Center. (photo: NYU website)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get stranger – it does.

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Robert Mueller Special Counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann are two of four speakers at a public event Jan. 16, on FISA reform at New York University’s School of Law’s Reiss Center on Law and Security and Just Security.

“This event is free and open to the public,” the website states. “Lunch will be served.” Further, if you’re a student you can get “1.5 credits of New York State CLE in the Areas of Professional Practice category will be available.”

McCabe’s bio on the website omits that he was fired by former Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions for lying repeatedly to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz about leaking information to the media. By the way, McCabe later admitted he lied and then apologized for lying to agents who had spent weeks investigating who the source was that leaked to the Wall Street Journal, according to documents obtained by the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.

Further, it was under McCabe and his former boss fired FBI Director James Comey that agents altered and omitted significant information the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Application on short term campaign volunteer Carter Page. Page is now seeking legal remedies against the government.

It’s because of this lawmakers want to overhaul the FISA courts and reform it.

Still, NYU School of Law is asking McCabe to share his thoughts and ideas on what needs to be reform the FBI and the FISA process.

Really, I’m serious.

Moreover, Weissmann, who was touted as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s pit bull and who has been criticized for what some have called unscrupulous antics in past cases will also be offering his two cents on FISA reform.

If you don’t think that’s interesting enough, the presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appointed a FBI apologist and former Obama administration Justice Department lawyer David Kris to oversee the FBI’s FISA reform changes.

It’s the fox guarding the hen house on all fronts. Or as one source, whose been wrapped up into the ongoing scandal, told me it’s “Dracula guarding the blood bank.”

First, Kris’ selection by FISA is perplexing. He supported the FBI’s surveillance of Page and who openly criticized Rep. Devin Nunes’ Russia report, which has now been vindicated by Horowitz. After the FISC announced their selection of Kris, Republican lawmakers scrambled to understand how a biased lawyer, who openly advocated for the FBI and criticized President Trump was selected.

There was no explanation. Rep. Mark Meadows told The Sara Carter Show Monday that a group of senior Republican lawmakers are preparing to send a letter to the FISC demanding  that Kris be removed.

Reforming FISA reform is now a top priority for Republicans since the release of Horowitz’s most recent report, which outlined “at least 17 significant errors” with the application process regarding Page.

After a December hearing, which Horowitz testified, Senate Republicans said they would  they were willing to work on fixing the FISA abuses.

Nunes, Meadows and numerous other lawmakers have told that FISA may  not be renewed in March when it comes up for reauthorization. Further, it may have to be dismantled and restructured all-together in an effort to clean up the corrupted practices conducted by senior government officials who openly abused the system.


Please join us for a public conversation convened by NYU School of Law’s Reiss Center on Law and Security and Just Security, featuring an expert panel to diagnose the problems and foster ideas for solutions.


Liza Goitein, Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Andrew McCabe, Legal Analyst, CNN; former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Founding Editor, Just Security
Andrew Weissmann, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Reiss Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law; former General Counsel, FBI and Senior Special Counsel for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III

Moderated by

Adam Serwer, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Thursday, January 16
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lipton Hall
108 W. 3rd Street
New York, NY

Please RSVP