The Justice Department now believes it should have discontinued its secret surveillance of one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page far earlier than it did, according to a new court filing unsealed.
The filing reveals that the government has concluded that two of the four FISA warrants used to spy on Carter Page were invalid, and it has yet to make a determination on the remaining two. According to the document, there was "insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power," adding further that the court's authorizations "were not valid."
The unsealed order also indicates that the FBI has agreed to sequester all collection, pending further review of the OIG report and related investigations.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to read the entire declassified FISC order. For some great analysis, read the posts from Twitter user Techno Fog below.
*From FISC, not DOJ.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 23, 2020
The DOJ concluded that two of the FISA Court authorizations as to Carter Page "were not valid." pic.twitter.com/Brsc2gfxid
As to the initial Carter Page FISA application and the first renewal:— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 23, 2020
"The government apparently does not take a position on the validity" of those authorizations.
That's lawyer speak for not wanting to support those authorizations on the record. pic.twitter.com/u7yo0kBA4o
Good point by @themarketswork— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 23, 2020
For reference, the last renewal (June 2017) - now deemed invalid - was approved by Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein, and signed after Mueller's appointment. https://t.co/5eaf9kiuyo pic.twitter.com/J30sSUtEHA
Read the declassified FISC order below.