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GOP lawmakers demand FBI detail efforts to rein in secret surveillance warrants

Added 01-27-22 06:35:02pm EST - “Two Republican congressmen are demanding that FBI Director Christopher Wray provide details on efforts to rein in the bureau's use of warrants to spy on Americans that are approved by a secretive federal court.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “GOP lawmakers demand FBI detail efforts to rein in secret surveillance warrants”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Two Republican congressmen are demanding that FBI Director Christopher Wray provide details on efforts to rein in the bureau’s use of warrants to spy on Americans that are approved by a secretive federal court.

In a letter sent Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana asked Mr. Wray if the FBI has located a cache of missing files from applications submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

They pointed to a September report by the Justice Department inspector general that uncovered at least 183 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications between 2014 and 2019 in which the so-called “Woods File” — the documentation intended to justify the FBI’s argument for surveillance — was missing, destroyed or incomplete.

“This lack of documentation suggests, at best, the FBI maintains sloppy oversight of its use of warrantless spying authorities,” they wrote. “At worst, it suggests the FBI holds a cavalier disregard for the fundamental protections enshrined in the Bill of Rights.”

The FBI’s handling of FISA warrants has been closely scrutinized since 2016, when the bureau obtained a warrant to surveil Carter Page, a Trump campaign official. That warrant was heavily based on the largely discredited “Steele Dossier” and included at least one piece of information fabricated by an FBI lawyer.

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