Jordan Puts FBI Director Christopher Wray In Hot Seat, Asks IG To Help FBI Locate Missing Files
Jordan Puts FBI Director Christopher Wray In Hot Seat, Asks IG To Help FBI Locate Missing Files By Sara Carter for Sara A Carter
Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan sent a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz last week requesting a slew of FBI documents pertaining to Horowitz’s recent audit of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance warrants to spy on Americans. The March memorandum submitted by Horowitz of his agency’s highly classified audit of documents submitted to the secret court by the FBI revealed stunning malfeasance and failures by the bureau in obtaining the warrants against Americans.
Moreover, concern is mounting that FBI Director Christopher Wray is blocking the ability for Congress and the OIG to obtain specific documents needed to complete the review, as Congress considers reauthorizing FISA, and deliberates what reforms are needed.
The letter, which was obtained by SaraACarter.com, was sent to Horowitz after numerous attempts by Congress to get the information requested from Wray have failed, according to several Congressional sources.
The committee is giving the FBI and Horowitz a deadline of May, 15 to turn over documents they say are necessary for their review of the FISA warrant process.
“We continue to closely follow the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) examination of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications targeting U.S. persons,” the letter from Jordan states. “We write to ask that the OIG seek additional information from the FBI about its FISA applications targeting U.S. Persons.”
The letter also refers to a recent phone briefing on March 30, about the OIG’s Management Advisory Memorandum, which was an interim report regarding Horowitz’s audit of randomly selected Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Applications on Americans. The memo of the audit alerted ‘the Justice Department, FBI, and Congress of substantial concerns stemming from the OIG’s preliminary review, including serious deficiencies in all 29 applications reviewed.”
Horowitz’s December 19, 2019 report on FBI misconduct in the FISA applications submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page revealed 17 ‘significant errors and omissions’ in the applications that would have changed the approval by the court to allow the bureau to monitor Page.