Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, grilled former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Tuesday on the validity of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Warrant, and its subsequent renewals, getting the former DAG to admit he would not signed the FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page if he was aware of the FBI’s malfeasance in the case.
Rosenstein admitted that if he had the information discovered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which included omissions and lies in the FISA warrant, he would not have signed off on the FISA renewals. In Horowitz’s 435 page report he revealed 17 gross violations, which included withholding exculpatory information, altering documents and basically lying to the court happened in the case of Trump foreign policy campaign advisor Page.
Those violations against Page were initiated by former FBI Director James Comey’s Crossfire Hurricane Team and Horowitz’s scathing report exposed malfeasance at the senior levels of the FBI, which is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr.
Rosenstein also admitted during the hearing that he did not fully read the FISA applications that he signed off on, which is stunning since he signed them off under penalty of perjury.
Question and Answer
Graham asked Rosenstein,”you signed a warrant application in June of I think 2017 to get the Carter Page warrant renewed, is that correct?”
“Yes,” said Rosenstein.
“Have you looked at the Horowitz report,” questioned Graham.
Rosenstein answered, “Yes, I have I have it with me.”
“So if you knew then what you know now would you have signed the warrant application,” Graham responded.
“No, I would not,” said Rosenstein.
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In a brief email explaining the purchase to NBC News on Friday, Cuban wrote “did it to help out a friend. No plans yet!” The town of Mustang is roughly 65 miles south of American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks.
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