Recently released documents show that Obama was using FISA to illegally surveil American citizens, even when the are in another country. The report made by DOJ IG Michael Horowitz will be coming out soon. His investigation includes looking at FISA abuse by the Obama administration. Once that is released things should start getting lively.
Newly declassified court documents indicate that the FBI failed to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in targeting Americans while searching through NSA records during President Trump’s administration and after James Comey’s tenure as FBI director.
An October 2018 ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) found that the FBI violated Section 702 by not keeping track of searches that pertained to “United States persons,” and that proposed changes were still not enough to comply with the law. That ruling was later affirmed on appeal in July 2019. The documents were declassified and released Tuesday.
The newly released decisions came after FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer’s 2017 ruling, which found that officials under the Obama administration used FISA to conduct illegal surveillance of American citizens for years.
A soon-to-be-released report from the Justice Department Inspector General will explore whether the FBI conducted a different sort of FISA abuse in connection with former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
During the early stages of the investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election, the FBI obtained a warrant to monitor Page, which Republicans claim was based on a misrepresentation of evidence in the form of an unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele as opposition research for Democrats and the Clinton campaign.