How many material falsehoods and omissions did the Obama administration make when applying for warrants to surveil people associated with the Trump campaign?
In 2019, the Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Department of Justice detailed how the Obama administration made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications, and many additional errors in the Woods Procedures." The IG was Obama appointee Michael Horowitz, and Page was a foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign. FISA stands for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the Woods Procedures "require that every factual assertion in a FISA application be 'verified'." The IG also reported: "While we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence of intentional misconduct on the part of the [FBI] case agents who assisted" the Obama administration in preparing the warrant applications, "we also did not receive satisfactory explanations for the errors or problems we identified." In 2020, the FISA Court itself reported "violations of the government's duty of candor in all four applications" to surveil Page.
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