FISA Court Selects Fmr Obama Official Who Argued for Removing Trump to Oversee FBI Reforms
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FISA Court Selects Fmr Obama Official Who Argued for Removing Trump to Oversee FBI Reforms

President Trump fumed on Twitter after the
FISA Court appointed David Kris, a staunch Trump critic and former Obama admin lawyer
to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms. David Kris has been a defender of the FBI’s
surveillance of Carter Page In October, Kris called Trump “profoundly
corrupt…reminiscent of Nixon” and argued for removing Trump, asking “do we want to
be a country in which elected officials can use their governmental power to attack political
opponents? If not, it’s pretty simple: Trump has to
go.” Devin Nunes (R-CA) told The Daily Caller called
the appointment of Kris “inexplicable.” “It’s hard to imagine a worse person the
FISC could have chosen outside Comey, McCabe, or Schiff.” Carter Page reacted by saying “You appoint
Kris for only one reason: you don’t want the system fixed. You just want it to look like you do.” Trump tweeted: You can’t make this up! David Kris, a highly controversial former
DOJ official, was just appointed by the FISA Court to oversee reforms to the FBI’s surveillance
procedures. Zero credibility. THE SWAMP! @DevinNunes @MariaBartiromo @FoxNews Early December, David Kris shared his view
of the IG report in a 9-part tweet. Here are my two big conclusions from the IG’s
report, as revealed in the 20-page executive summary. 1/9 First, the report repudiates the claims of
a coup and related deep-state conspiracies in the FBI as advanced by President Trump
and his supporters. 2/9 The IG found no improper purpose, political
bias, or First Amendment concerns with the conduct of any of the investigations or with
the FISA applications. 3/9 In particular, the investigations: * had an authorized purpose and proper predication;
* were not based on political bias or improperly on free speech;
* properly began with less intrusive techniques before graduating to more. 4/9 Given the immense seriousness of these claims
– the idea that our security services might exert political bias to undermine a political
campaign – and the vigor with which they have been promoted, this is the most important
take-away from the IG’s report. 5/9 But second, the report finds multiple and
significant errors in the conduct of the FBI investigation, and in the FBI’s handling
of the FISA applications, as well as areas for improvement in FBI procedures. 6/9 These errors are very serious, although again
they don’t support any claim of deep-state conspiracy or political bias. 7/9 Among 17 significant errors, the FISA applications: Overstated prior corroboration of Steele’s
reporting; Omitted critical assessments of Steele himself
and a sub-source; Omitted some denials of guilt from Page & others. 8/9 These FBI errors weren’t political, the
IG concluded, but neither are they acceptable, particularly in an investigation involving
a presidential campaign. 9/9 Per FoxNews, in a March 2018 article, Kris
argued on Lawfare, a leftist blog run by Comey friend Benjamin Wittes, that Nunes’ memo
had “tried to deceive the American people in precisely the same way that it falsely
accused the FBI of deceiving the FISA Court.” Additionally, Kris claimed that “had the
FBI done in its FISA applications what Nunes did in his memo, heads would have rolled on
Pennsylvania Avenue.” He asserted, “It’s disturbing that Page
met that legal standard and that there was probable cause to conclude he was a Russian
agent.” “The Nunes memo was dishonest,” Kris charged. “And if it is allowed to stand, we risk
significant collateral damage to essential elements of our democracy.” Kris was a former assistant attorney general
for national security who worked at the DOJ from 2009 to 2011, and served as an associate
deputy attorney general under George W. Bush from 2000 to 2003. He later criticized Bush’s justifications
for warrantless wiretap surveillance. But, as the political winds changed, Kris
became more of a proponent for government surveillance in other contexts. He appeared on MSNBC’s left-wing “The
Rachel Maddow Show” in 2018 to offer a spirited defense of the FBI’s FISA practices. “FISA applications are typically quite long
— they’re big enough that you don’t want to drop one on your foot,” Kris told
Maddow. “They contain a lot of information and detail,
because the statute is quite exacting in what it requires the government to establish to
get the warrant granted.”

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