DOJ Concedes That Two Of Its Carter Page FISA Orders Were ‘Not Valid’
The Justice Department recently conceded that two of the four orders to wiretap former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were “not valid,” Judge James Boasberg said in a court order unsealed Thursday.
The Justice Department made the surprising concession in response to an inspector general’s (IG) report that found “significant” errors and omissions in four applications submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to surveil Page.
While the IG report was highly critical of the FBI and Justice Department, it did not weigh in on the validity of the four surveillance applications, which were granted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
But Boasberg, who presides over the FISC, said in an order on Jan. 7 that the Justice Department concluded that the second and third renewals of the Page surveillance warrants “were not valid.”
Boasberg said that the government did not take a position on the validity of the initial application, granted on Oct. 21, 2016, and the first renewal, granted on Jan. 12, 2017.