For reasons unknown at this time, an anti-Trump former Justice Department worker was chosen by those in control of the FISA court to oversee the investigation into the FBI’s illegal wiretapping of a Trump campaign worker.
Republicans in the House of Representatives are not happy about that, and one member is prepared to make a stink to have the man removed.
Rep. Mark Meadows said Monday that congressional Republicans plan to appeal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) over its choice to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report regarding the bureau’s wiretapping of Carter Page.
In an interview with journalist Sara Carter, Meadows criticized the FISC’s pick of former Justice Department official David Kris to assist the court to ensure that the FBI implements the reforms.
“I can tell you that a few of us, are not only appealing this to the judge who has now taken over the FISA process but we are also looking at this when it comes to renewing the FISA process within Congress,” Meadows told Carter.
Judge James Boasberg, who presides over the FISC, tapped Kris on Friday to serve as what’s known as an amicus curiae. Boasberg said that Kris, who served in the Obama Justice Department, will assist the FISC by monitoring the FBI’s surveillance reforms.
That’s almost like putting a fox in charge of a henhouse.
Given that the FISA court has been used to obtain warrants to spy on Americans – which is NOT the way it is supposed to be used by law – and that many of the world’s bad actors are being taken out as the Trump Administration really does carry out a war on terror shooting first and taking no prisoners, the need for the FISA court does need to be questioned.
And if the answers aren’t good as to why we would need such a thing during peacetime, maybe it’s time for it to go.