(Liberty Bell) – On Saturday, President Donald Trump raised doubts about FBI Director Christopher Wray’s expression of regret over the “errors” committed by the bureau in the FISA application process.
The president tweeted on Saturday, in response to a letter Wray penned to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court addressing “the errors and omissions” in obtaining surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page:
“FBI Director apologizes for FISA Errors (of which there were far to many to be a coincidence!).” @FoxNews Chris, what about all of the lives that were ruined because of the so-called “errors?” Are these “dirty cops” going to pay a big price for the fraud they committed?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
“Chris, what about all of the lives that were ruined because of the so-called ‘errors?’” Trump wrote. “Are these ‘dirty cops’ going to pay a big price for the fraud they committed?”
Wray’s Friday letter came in response to the FISC order dated December 17 which required the agency to provide details on how it planned to handle the issues that had been addressed in the December report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz which exposed serious concerns with the way the agency had handled the warrant applications.
The Deep State FBI definitively defrauded the FISA court, and all Wray has to offer is “regret.”
“The FBI has the utmost respect for this Court, and deeply regrets the errors and omissions identified by the OIG,” Wray wrote, calling these failures “unacceptable and unrepresentative of the FBI as an institution.”
The Horowitz report, which was released at the beginning of December, identified 17 errors and ommissions on the part of the FBI in their application to spy on then-Trump campaign official, Page.
“The FBI is committed to working with the Court and DOJ to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the FISA process,” Wray wrote in response to Judge Rosemary Collyer’s demand that the agency explain “what it has done, and plans to do, to ensure that the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application.”
Wray has supposedly taken 40 “corrective steps” as well as set an April 30 deadline for completion of training of personnel with “repeated messaging” aimed as “result in a substantially renewed institutional focus on ensuring accuracy, transparency, and completeness in all FISA applications.”
FBI Replies to FISA Court order on FISA Abuse: more training and paperwork
Wray: I sent a video to the FBI to tell them how serious I am 🤡
No mention of discipline
And- there is a sealed(?) filing re: FBI atty Clinesmith (altered evidence)
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 11, 2020
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But Trump’s tweeted question to Wray drew attention to the players involved in what Horowitz revealed were multiple instances of agents purposefully withholding evidence when applying to the court for the warrants to surveil Page.
“What has been described as a few irregularities become a massive criminal conspiracy over time to defraud the FISA court, to illegally surveil an American citizen, and to keep an operation open against a sitting president of the United States, violating every norm known to the rule of law,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said last month, telling Horowitz that he had “serious concerns about whether the FISA court can continue unless there is fundamental reform.”
“People at the highest level of our government took the law into their own hands. And when I say defraud the FISA court, I mean it,” he added.