FISA Court

To fix FISA, appoint public advocates

Editors, Washington Examiner

The FISA court requires structural reform to restore the public confidence in its crucial work. To that end, Congress should immediately begin work on legislation that would appoint 11 public advocates to the FISA court. These advocates, although not directly representing those whose names have been presented to the court for surveillance, would try their best to represent their interests and present the best possible case against the government's position.

The FISA-Gate Boomerangs

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

What seems clear is that the present hysteria about the Trump administration was already deeply seeded in the federal government throughout the 2016 campaign and the 2016–17 transition. A number of powerful Obama officials thought they had both moral right and the administrative means to nullify Trump. And they were not shy in breaking the law to exercise them.

House Memo Details Use of Steele Dossier to Spy on Trump Campaign Adviser

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

The memo is a valuable first step. It underscores the continuing need to assess how deeply the FBI and Justice Department were enmeshed in the politics of the 2016 election. But much more disclosure is necessary before we can render a conclusive judgment of how deep the problems run.

Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump’s Campaign?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Was the August 2016 decision to spy on a Trump associate based on a Clinton campaign screed’s claim of a corrupt Trump-Russia deal? Did FBI and Justice Department officials lose their professional objectivity because Steele’s information fit their anti-Trump bias? Was the Steele dossier, in effect, the “insurance policy” Agent Strzok had in mind? President Trump can provide the answers to these questions: He just needs to order the FBI and Justice Department, led by his appointees, to cooperate with Congress’s investigations.

Rice: NSA Lied; Benghazi a 'False Controversy'

Heather Smith, Daily Caller

Susan Rice, Obama's National Security Advisor, showed a stunning ability to ignore facts and parrot O's liberal talking points in a recent interview.