Two news stories came out over the weekend concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
First the FBI Director Chris Wray in a filing to the court apologized for the bureau’s actions in SpyGate.
“The F.B.I. has the utmost respect for this court and deeply regrets the errors and omission identified by” the inspector general, wrote Wray, in a statement included with the filing. He called the conduct described by the report “unacceptable and unrepresentative of the F.B.I. as an institution.”
In what can only be described as the understatement of the decade since the FBI under James Comey used the court to spy on Trump associate Carter Page to spy on the campaign and continued the illegal surveillance of a sitting president.
The second item is the naming by FISA Chief Judge James E. Boasberg of David Kris. Kris was an Obama-era Justice Department official who has repeatedly denied there was any problems with the FBI’s actions in SpyGate.
In a classic cas of the fox guarding the hen house, Kris wrote on Twitter in 2018: “I suspect that POTUS and his closest advisors are and should be worried that, depending on the evidence, [Robert] Mueller’s next steps will make it feel like the walls are closing in.”
The questionable appointment raises eyebrows toward Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who oversees FISA court.
My take is that no one in DC really wants to get to the truth of how the court was deceived by the Obama administration.