DOJ: No Probable Cause in Carter Paige FISA Warrants!

The DOJ has now admitted that there was no “probable cause,” in the insurance of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against 2016 Trump campaign operative, Carter Paige.

According to a newly declassified summary of a Justice Department assessment, at least two of the FBI’s surveillance applications to secretly monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause.


The DOJ’s admission essentially means that the FISA warrant authorizations to surveil Page, when stripped of the FBI’s misinformation, did not meet the necessary legal threshold and should never have been issued in the first place!

The June 2017 FISA warrant renewal on Page, which was among the two deemed invalid by the DOJ, was approved by then-Acting FBI Director (and now CNN contributor) Andrew McCabe, as well as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The April 2017 warrant renewal was approved by then-FBI Director James Comey.

“Today’s unprecedented court filing represents another step on the road to recovery for America’s deeply damaged judicial system,” Page said in a statement to the press, for published by Fox News. “I hope that this latest admission of guilt for these civil rights abuses by the Justice Department marks continued progress towards restoring justice and remedying these reputationally ruinous injuries.”

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, who previously chaired the Judiciary Committee added to the statement, “It’s about time.  It’s about time federal authorities entrusted with our most powerful and intrusive surveillance tools begin to own up to their failures and abuses, and take steps to restore public confidence. … Time will tell if the department will continue working to fix its errors and restore trust that it won’t disregard Americans’ civil liberties. Its admission and cooperation with the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)] is a step in the right direction.”

FISC Presiding Judge James Boasberg, in the Jan. 7 order that was published for the first time when declassified on Thursday Jan. 23, further required the government to explain in a written statement by Jan. 28 the “FBI’s handling of information” obtained through the Page warrants and subsequent renewals.

In the order, Boasberg specifically noted that the DOJ found “there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power” because of the “material misstatements and omissions” in the warrant applications.

Boasberg also noted that it is illegal for the government to intentionally disclose or use “information obtained under color of law by electronic surveillance, knowing or having any reason to know that the information was obtained through electronic surveillance not authorized.” A lawful FISA warrant, when approved by the FISC, allows the FBI to surveil not only the target of the warrant, but also individuals who communicate with the target and the target’s associates.

These revelations were yet another embarrassment for the FBI, which DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has found made repeated errors and misrepresentations — and, in one case, deliberately falsified evidence — before the FISC, as the bureau sought to surveil Page in 2016 and 2017.

9 Comments on this post.
  • JohnGaltTexas
    27 January 2020 at 4:44 pm
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    Horowitz is a snake and a deep-state dimoKKKrat apparatchik.
    The whole system needs a battery acid enema to rid itself of the leftist scourge if it is ever to regain any semblance of integrity and trust. Until then, we have the same corrupt multi-tiered justice as any third world banana republic.

  • Merlin
    27 January 2020 at 5:17 pm
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    The FBI manipulated the information and abused the system to get the FISA warrants. Basically they were deceptive and they lied. Without that there would have been nothing. But they used it as a path to spy on and entrap others. Without it there would not have been any justification for the Mueller investigation. And despite Schiff and Nadler constantly making reference to it, that has been debunked and found to be unwarranted at of cost of over $25 million dollars of tax payer money. This whole thing is still under investigation. We can only hope that all will soon be revealed.

  • Lorraine Kemer
    27 January 2020 at 6:24 pm
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    So, I’m wondering when these crooked people will be thrown in jail and will they be made to pay Carter Page back every penny + more that he spent defending himself. Until they serve the rest of their lives in prison, our justice system will continue to be corrupt.

  • brenda
    27 January 2020 at 7:15 pm
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  • Bo
    27 January 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Who gave the d o j information. Who else but trump stooge Barr Page was being investigated in 2013 for giving anti American speech’s in Russia. Some of the judges were republicans

  • Bo
    27 January 2020 at 8:33 pm
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    What the matter. Patrio4trump2020.com. Are you afraid to post the truth. The nazis did that in. WW 11

  • Iris Williams
    28 January 2020 at 12:57 am
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    So what does this really MEAN? Is there any downside for the FBI besides red faces. Will anyone at the FBI be prosecuted? Will there be prison sentences? Will there be punishment for McCabe, Rosenstein, and Comey, who approved the warrants?

  • Djea3
    28 January 2020 at 1:42 am
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    SO where are the ARRESTS for the FELONY violations of CIVIL RIGHTS? Where are the PROSECUTIONS FOR VIOLATING the most sacred of all our rights under color of law. Remember that these were willful felony actions by actors under color of law. This is CRIMINAL not just an issue to figure out how to stop it in the future.
    IF we made a law that the withholding of exculpatory information to the FISA Court and the willful conflagration of facts presented to the FISA court require the loss of employment, loss of retirement and minimum 15 years for violation fo Civil Rights under color of law (preponderance of evidence only) this would never happen again. Instead they want to “come up with methods” of assurance. There are no such things as “methods of assurance” when the perpetrators are not imprisoned!

  • Charles Robbins
    4 February 2020 at 5:41 pm
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    If there is no punishment, they will do it again. Others will also be enticed to follow the same or similar acts!!
    Unlike the impeachment charges, these acts are actual criminals and, if it were war times, could be treason.
    A few hangings would stop this in its tracks. Remember what General George Washington had to do !!

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