2019-12-19 12:16:25

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday the FBI should have considered halting its surveillance of Trump’s campaign aide Carter Page months before it did.

It was revealed that accusations against him may not be credible. Horowitz made the comments while testifying to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, saying the FBI used false information to obtain approval to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and raising wider concerns about the agency’s use of surveillance.

He testified a day after the highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — known as the FISA Court — issued a public order accusing the FBI of misleading the court to gain approval to wiretap Page.

Horowitz wants to order the FBI to propose changes in how its investigators seek permission for domestic surveillance of U.S. citizens by January.

Last week, Horowitz issued a first report finding a series of inaccuracies and omissions in the FBI’s surveillance application process.

Democracy Now! speaks with Ashley Gorski, staff attorney with the National Security Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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