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.
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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