(National Sentinel) Unprecedented: The Justice Department has agreed to provide the House and Senate intelligence committees access to surveillance warrants that were granted by the secretive FISA court against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, in what the DoJ calls “extraordinary accommodation.”
The access to the four separate Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court applications comes in response to demands by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., The Daily Caller reports.
Earlier this week Nunes threatened to sue the DoJ if it failed to provide all committee members access to the four warrants, which were granted in 2016 and 2017 by the FISA court.
In addition, Nunes is demanding the FBI hand over an internal document known as an Electronic Communication, or EC, “which laid out the basis for the bureau’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government,” The DC reported, adding:
Nunes and other congressional Republicans have accused the DOJ and FBI of abusing the FISA process by relying on the unverified Steele dossier to obtain the warrants to spy on Page. Republicans also want to view the EC in order to see whether the FBI cited the dossier in the beginning stages of the Russia probe.
Nunes has been seeking the documents for months, having issued a subpoena for them in August 2017. The FBI and DoJ, however, have refused to turn them over.
The DoJ has already allowed two House Intelligence Committee members to view the documents, The DC reported — Minority Leader Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., whom Nunes designated to act on behalf of Republicans on the committee.
Nunes said in a letter earlier this week that he asked the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs on four occasions in February to provide the applications to the entire committee, but the DoJ responded on Feb. 26 denying his requests.
The committee leader’s letter threatening legal action this week, however, seems to have forced the DoJ to respond.
“The Department and the FBI agree to permit all members of the Committee to review the FISA applications and renewals in camera at the Department,” reads Friday’s letter, which Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent to Nunes.
“The Department considers this an extraordinary accommodation based on unique facts and circumstances. We are also extending this review opportunity to the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,” the letter continues.