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Sen. Mike Lee: Congress Must Reform FISA Court Now

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2020 07:13 AM

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, says it is time to make certain the FBI can't ever spy on a presidential campaign again.

Lee made his comments in a column posted Tuesday on the Fox News website.

"The FBI improperly spied on the Trump campaign in 2016," he wrote. "We must ensure the bureau can't do it in 2020 or ever again. Because if the FBI can unfairly target a presidential campaign, imagine what it can do to regular Americans.

"Here's how we know what happened. In December, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a 478-page report detailing over a dozen 'serious performance failures' in the FBI's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to intercept the communications of President Trump's campaign supporters. Horowitz identified 'at least 17 significant errors or omissions' in the applications to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page."

Lee maintained there are only two possibilities that can account for the problem.

"Either these FBI agents intentionally used the power of the federal government to wage a political war against a presidential candidate they despised, or these agents were so incompetent that they allowed a paid, foreign political operative to weaponize FISA to spy on a rival political campaign," Lee wrote.

And he added that Congress must take steps to repair the problem.

Lee called for increased oversight of FISA applications. He also wants to force agencies to be fully honest with the FISA court and be required to show probable cause.

"These FISA reforms will check the federal government's surveillance power making it great again," he wrote.

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