Mr. Trump took to Twitter this afternoon, railing at the Department of Justice this time on Twitter instead of spending his time on the golf course. The so-called president went on a fiery rant against government officials this time, although no one can be sure what this will accomplish as nothing he tweets ever does.
Trump attacked the DOJ for failing to respond rapidly enough to requests from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to provide documents related to the FISA warrants issued against members of the Trump campaign during the lead up to the 2016 election.
Typically, if a warrant is issued by a judge under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), it is aimed at someone believed to be operating on behalf of other nations. FISA warrants were filed against a Kremlin associate and former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Obtaining a FISA warrant is not an easy task and it has to be proven that is substantial evidence to warrant one. There was plenty of evidence against Carter Page for one to be granted.
According to The Washington Post:
‘The judges who rule on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests oversee the nation’s most sensitive national security cases, and their warrants are some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence gathering. Any FISA application has to be approved at the highest levels of the Justice Department and the FBI.’
The Post also reported that there was plenty of evidence showing that Page was an agent of the Russian government. The Post reported:
‘The government’s application for the surveillance order targeting Page included a lengthy declaration that laid out investigators’ basis for believing that Page was an agent of the Russian government and knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, officials said.’
The application for Page’s warrant also cited that he had contacts with a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013.
According to The Post:
‘An application for electronic surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act need not show evidence of a crime. But the information obtained through the intercepts can be used to open a criminal investigation and may be used in a prosecution.’
It makes perfect sense that a judge would want to know more details regarding Carter Page’s actions, knowing that there was already some substantial information there. However, Trump and his administration are trying to discredit Mueller’s investigation into his alleged collusion with Russia more than anything. Trump is going to use any leverage he can use no matter how false, including dredging up a huge fake controversy over FISA warrants concerning Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Trump may be using his tweets to fool his supporters and get as many Republican allies on his side as possible. However, Special Counsel Robert Mueller isn’t going to be swayed from his actions and he is bound and determined to expose whatever needs to be exposed.
Here’s what Twitter had to say to The Donald:
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