A senior official inside the nation’s top-secret surveillance court responded to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ request for information regarding a former Trump aide’s FISA application; calling on the Department of Justice to hand over the material for review.
According to Fox News, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court sent two letter to Nunes this week, saying the DOJ currently possesses the material submitted to the agency in order to obtain a FISA warrant against one-time Trump aide Carter Page.
“While this analysis is underway, you may note that the Department of Justice possesses (or can easily obtain) the same responsive information the Court might possess, and because of separation of powers considerations, is better positioned than the Court to respond quickly,” Collyer wrote to Nunes.
The material may shed new light on the extent to which former President Obama’s Department of Justice relied on the Clinton-financed ‘Trump dossier’ to obtain FISA warrants against the Trump campaign.
“The Committee found that the FBI and DOJ failed to disclose the specific political actors paying for uncorroborated information that formed a substantial part of the FISA application, misled the FISC regarding dissemination of this information, and failed to correct these errors in the subsequent renewals,” said Nunes’ initial letter to the FISA court last in January.