Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is overruling everyone and plans to go directly to the Supreme Court in an attempt to end the harassment against President Trump.
This week, Graham revealed that he will ask Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to investigate possible abuse of our Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during the 2016 election.
The FISA court is cloaked in secrecy, meaning most people have no idea who the judges are and only certain members of the government have the authority to provide oversight to the secret court.
Roberts has the authority in his position to appoint judges to the FISA court and has access to documents reviewed by the panel.
Sen. Graham wants Roberts to look into the FISA warrants obtained by the FBI in 2016, which were used to spy on members of President Trump’s campaign, such as Carter Page.
Graham told reporters on Thursday that he will make a call to ask, “‘Would you please look and see what happened?’ because I don’t want to lose the FISA program.”
The Washington Examiner reported that last February, the House Intelligence Committee, then led by Chairman Devin Nunes, released a memo asserting the so-called Trump dossier, which contained unverified claims about President Trump’s ties to Russia, was used by the FBI to help obtain a FISA warrant and three renewals to spy on one-time Trump’s campaign adviser Carter Page. But key information, including its author’s anti-Trump bias and Democratic benefactors, was left out.
Republicans have often cited the use of the dossier as misinformation used to improperly monitor President Trump and his campaign during the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election while the Demos argued in a rebuttal memo that the FISA process was not abused and the Justice Department and FBI “met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probable cause requirement.”
Earlier this year, Nunes called on the FISA court to hold the FBI accountable for misleading them about the dossier, arguing that not doing so would do further damage to the credibility of the FISA process.
In March, Lindsey Graham announced a reignited investigation by his committee into alleged FISA abuse, The Washington Examiner’s report continued.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced the initiation of a FISA abuse investigation back in March 2018 after requests from both then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Republican members in Congress. He is expected to wrap up by May or June.
On Wednesday, attorney general Barr told Congress that he was “working very closely” with the Horowitz as they both conduct investigations into the investigators who ran the Trump-Russia investigation at the Justice Department and FBI.
Graham going directly to the Supreme Court in an attempt to end the harassment against President Trump is a huge deal and could reveal bombshell information about the Obama administration spying on Trump’s campaign.