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Intel Chair Nunes to Ask FISA Court for Transcripts

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Monday, 05 February 2018 10:24 PM

The House Intelligence Committee will ask a top-secret court for transcripts this week as it seeks to find out how the FBI framed its warrant applications to spy on members of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairs the committee and said Monday night the panel plans to send a letter to the FISA Court this week.

"One of the things we're going to do this week as we are going to send a letter to the court," Nunes said on Fox News. "We don't know if we'll be successful or not, but we are going to ask the court whether or not they will provide the transcripts of the court proceedings. It will be very interesting to know exactly what was presented verbally to the court and to see if that was transcribed."

Multiple congressional committees and the Department of Justice are looking into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Nunes' panel released a GOP memo last week that detailed how the FBI obtained a warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in October 2016. Used as probable cause for the warrant were a scandalous and unverified dossier about then-candidate Donald Trump and a news article whose source was the dossier author.

"Political dirt was used by the FBI, and they knew it was political dirt to open a counterintelligence investigation into the other campaign," Nunes said. "I just can't believe that people on the other side are not furious about this."

Nunes added his committee learned about the dossier being used to secure the warrant last March.

The House Intelligence Committee voted late Monday to release a Democrat-written memo about its Russia investigation. It now heads to the White House for declassification before it is released to the public.

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The top-secret FISA court will be called upon to furnish transcripts of how the FBI framed its warrant applications to spy on members of the Trump campaign in 2016, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
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