The top judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that at least two of the FISA applications used to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were “not valid.”
In an order dated Jan 7, 2020 and declassified and released today, FISC Judge James Boasberg wrote, “DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 (two of Page’s warrants), ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power. The Court understands the government to have concluded, in view of the material misstatements and omissions, that the Court’s authorizations in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 were not valid.”
(Boasberg–it’s worth noting–is the FISA judge who chose Obama Administration official and Republican critic David Kris to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms.)
According to the Federalist, the ruling notes that the Department of Justice had not concluded its position on the other two FISA applications against Page, however, the agency is currently collecting information to assess their validity.
One of the invalid applications, dated April 7, 2017 was signed by disgraced former FBI Director James Comey. The other, dated June 29, 2017 was signed by former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.