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Mark Meadows asks FISA court judge to probe FBI requests to spy on Trump campaign

(National SentinelDiscovery: The House Freedom Caucus chairman wants a federal judge to probe whether the FBI was “weaponized for political means” against POTUS Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign when it sought surveillance warrants for U.S. citizens.

“As the Presiding Judge of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)], you are privy to information which could potentially verify or contradict our understanding of abuses of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)] process,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said in a letter Monday to Judge Rosemary Collyer, The Daily Caller reported. “Ultimately, to protect the integrity of the process, we believe such an investigation is necessary.

“We write to encourage you to investigate the possibility FISA has recently been weaponized for political means,” added Meadows, a  member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The Daily Caller notes:

Meadows is one of a handful of lawmakers on a congressional task force investigating the FBI and Department of Justice’s investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.




GOP members on the task force have been honing in on the FBI’s applications for four FISA warrants for one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. POTUS Trump was set to declassify the FISA applications last month but decided not to do so after he met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Four FISA court judges granted four separate warrants on Page between October 2016 and June 2017. To get those warrants, the FBI had to provide the judges with probable cause that the subject was acting on behalf of a foreign power.

In his letter, Meadows said there is evidence that the FBI “exerted undue influence” on the Department of Justice in order to speed up the process for the first FISA warrant.

“Based on our investigation and open source information, the FISC may not have lived up to the Constitution’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures in approving US citizens targeted for FISA surveillance without probable cause,” Meadows wrote.

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