According to a new bombshell report released by award winning investigative journalist John Solomon, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was hauled before the FISA court to address an enormous number instances the FBI cheated on FISA warrants.
Mueller has been able to escape public scrutiny for the last 16 years due to the secret nature of the FISA court, but thanks to a testimony from a former FBI lawyer, we now have a peek into documented FISA abuses under then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Interestingly, nearly two decades after the FBI was embroiled in a FISA abuse scandal, Robert Mueller is appointed as special counsel after a phony dossier was used to spy on Trump’s campaign.
Once again the FBI abused the FISA courts and illegally obtained a warrant on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page — and Robert Mueller is happy to continue his legacy of FISA abuse and corruption.
John Solomon of The Hill reported:
Trisha Anderson, who recently stepped down as the FBI’s principal deputy general counsel, told House investigators late last year in an interview that early in Mueller’s FBI tenure, nearly two decades ago, the FISC summoned the new director to appear before the judges to address concerns about extensive cheating on FISA warrants.
“It preceded my time with the FBI but as I understood it, there was a pattern of some incidents of omission that were of concern to the FISA court that resulted in former Director Mueller actually appearing before the FISA court,” Anderson told Congress.
Other sources who worked for Mueller at the time told me the court’s concerns arose in 2002 and 2003 — shortly after America was stunned by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks — when the FISC learned the FBI had omitted material facts from FISA warrant applications in more than 75 terrorism cases that dated back to the late 1990s.
Most of the omissions occurred in FBI work that pre-dated Mueller’s arrival, the sources said. But the court wanted assurances the new sheriff in town was going to stop such widespread abuses.
Mueller told the court the FBI had created a new system called the Woods Procedures — named for the FBI lawyer who drafted them — to ensure FISA warrant applications were accurate and did not omit material information, according to Anderson’s congressional interview.
“My understanding is he committed to the court to address the problem and then that the series of reforms that we implemented, including the use of the Woods form, were the direct result of his engagement before the FISA court,” Anderson told Congress.
A declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order from 2002 reveals just how serious the abuses were. Solomon reports that in one case, the FBI failed to tell the FISA court that the individual they were seeking a warrant on was one of their own informants!
Anderson’s testimony revealed the FBI was abusing the FISA court many years ago but we now know the bureau continued the FISA abuse well into 2016 and 2017.