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FBI FISA Application Approved in an “Unusual” Way

Former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson told a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees that the FBI’s FISA application was approved in an “unusual” way, but we’re just now learning about it. Anderson, who was the point person to sign off on FISA applications before sending them to her superiors, specifically told the committees that in October 2016 FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates veered off the “linear path” by directly signing the application and bypassing her completely. Anderson emphasized that “this one was handled a little bit differently in that sense in that it received very high-level review and approvals-informal, oral approvals-before it ever came to me for signature.” Hmm. We have no idea why high-level DOJ officials would be actively involved in a routine FBI investigation.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

A former top lawyer for the FBI described to lawmakers the “unusual” way the surveillance request targeting former Trump campaign associate Carter Page was handled by top leadership at the Justice Department and FBI, according to a transcript released this week.

In front of a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Aug. 31, 2018, former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson said she was normally responsible for signing off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications before they reached the desk of her superiors for approval. Anderson said the “linear path” those applications typically take was upended in October 2016, with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signing off on the application before she did. Because of that unusual high-level involvement, she didn’t see the need to “second guess” the FISA application.

The Page FISA application was filed by the Justice Department and FBI with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in October 2016. A surveillance warrant was granted and three renewals were subsequently approved.

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