North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows told “The Sara Carter Show” Monday that he – along with other senior Republican lawmakers – will send a letter to the presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court demanding that FBI apologist David Kris be removed from overseeing bureau reforms demanded by the secret court. Kris, who openly criticized Republican lawmakers and defended the bureau’s spying of short-term Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, is coming under heavy scrutiny for his online posts and blogs targeting Republican lawmakers investigations that uncovered malfeasance at the bureau.
The FISA court demanded changes after Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s damning report last month revealed that FBI officials had omitted critical information about Page and altered the FISA application to get the needed approval of the court to spy on him.
However, without any explanation as to why Kris was selected, on Jan. 10, Judge James E. Boasberg, who now presides over the FISC, said Kris was selected to “assist” the secret court in assessing the FBI’s ongoing review and changes. “It is critically important that FBI applications accurately and fully reflect information known to the Bureau that is material to those applications,” said Boasberg in his letter.
Not only did it happen, but it happened deliberately and until we fix it all Americans are at risk, Mark Meadows
This reporter asked Meadows if the selection of Kris was more of a ‘white wash’ to bury the truth of what occurred with the FBI’s FISA application to spy on Page. There is also extraordinary concern that Page’s application may not have been the only one altered by FBI officials seeking warrants to spy on Americans. This was made clear in the first letter of reprimand from then presiding FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer in December, where she called “into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.” She gave the FBI until Jan. 10, to fix the problems.
Meadows warned that if the necessary changes are not made in the bureau, Congress may not reauthorize the FISA in March, when it comes up for review.
“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 this reporter. “There’s a renewal of a section of the FISA that is coming up. I’ll be talking to (former Chairman) Bob Goodlatte, who used to be the chairman of the Judiciary Committee – is now working from the outside, is retired- we’re now working very actively with the administration to make sure that no American, not just the President of the United States, not Carter Page, it’s not just a few people but to ensure that no American’s civil liberties were actually infringed upon, and that’s what happened here.”
“Not only did it happen, but it happened deliberately and until we fix it all Americans are at risk,” Meadows warned.
Meadows said it was inexplicable that Kris was selected to review the changes suggested by FBI Director Christopher Wray to the bureau’s procedures in handling FISA warrants.
“When you look at his twitter feed, when you look at the comments he’s made not only did he go after Devin Nunes but he’s gone after the President, he’s a contributor for MSNBC at times,” said Meadows.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA, told SaraACarter.com on Sunday that the selection of Kris by the FISC is “a ridiculous choice. The FBI lied to the FISC, and to help make sure that doesn’t happen again, the FISC chose an FBI apologist who denied and defended those lies. The FISC is setting its own credibility on fire.”
Meadows reiterated Nunes disappointment in the selection.
“So when you look at just his politics there’s no way that he can fix the problem, if he doesn’t even acknowledge that there is a problem. And I say that, as the most recent IG report when Inspector General Horowitz came out and said ‘there was a problem,’ (Kris) down played it,” Meadows said.
Meadows added, “well you and I both know about the abuses that took place, we knew it before the IG’s report came out. We also know that there’s more that will come out as John Durham continues his investigation but this is a critical time.”