The Inspector General’s report has seemingly faded into the distance.
Several Republican members of the House, however, are still demanding answers into the many problems discovered directly through that investigation, with two Republicans sending a vicious letter to the FISA court demanding answers.
This Is NOT Over
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee were sick and tired of waiting around, so they took matters into their own hands.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) sent a letter to the court wanting to know if the court feels as though it bears any responsibility for the actions taken against Carter Page.
Additionally, the two Republicans wanted to know if the court plans on handing out any disciplinary measures against the attorneys who knowingly deceived the court.
Finally, the letter asked the court if it had “conducted any internal review to examine the accuracy or validity of information contained in the FBI’s surveillance applications for Carter Page.”
Most conservatives believe the Inspector General’s report fell short of making the conclusion that seemed obvious.
Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith purposely altered information to strengthen the FISA applications, including blatantly false information.
While the court has ordered a review of other FISA applications prepared by Clinesmith, the IG decided the investigation itself was still not biased.
Now, when you have almost two dozen “mistakes” and every one of them goes against the person being requested to be surveilled, most would agree that is just a bit biased.
The court itself did not make matters any better when it appointed David Kris to oversee the investigation into FISA application processes.
Kris is a former Obama attorney and an open advocate of the FBI’s surveillance practices, so the court has, in essence, put the rooster in the hen house for the duration.
Republicans were aghast when Kris was named, with President Trump stating, “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!”
Rep. Devin Nunes also expressed his disbelief at the appointment, stating, “It’s hard to imagine a worse person the FISC could have chosen outside [James] Comey, [Andy] McCabe, or [Adam] Schiff.
“It’s a ridiculous choice. The FBI lied to the FISC, and to help make sure that doesn’t happen again, the FISC chose an FBI apologist who denied and defended those lies.
“The FISC is setting its own credibility on fire.”
This is why I am always so skeptical when big investigations are announced, like the one that was recently announced for James Comey.
It is as though these government agencies make the announcement to save face, but they have zero intention of ever fixing the rampant corruption throughout our Justice Department and political system.
As for the letter that was sent by Jordan and Matthews, the court now has until January 30 to respond.