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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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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