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March 04, 2020

Lindsey Graham Confirms His Committee Has Started Taking Depositions in the FISA Abuse Matter

Miss Lindsey is... actually doing something besides running his mouth on Fox?

Whoa. This is paradigm-shifting, if true.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Tuesday that he has started closed-door interviews as part of his deep dive into the surveillance courts and the FBIs Russia probe.

...

He's requested testimony from more than 20 current Justice Department and FBI officials.

He also wants to call former officials including former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates before his committee.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz stated that the Deep State -- this time, with AG Barr as an ally -- is trying to ram through a FISA reauthorization with no actual reforms.

Even worse, there are "rumors" that Congress is looking to tie a no-reform reauthorization to a coronavirus funding bill, to stop anyone from lodging objections or "Nay" votes.

Sen. Ted Cruz, a member of the judiciary and commerce panels, cast such "rumors" as an indicator that Congress is on its way to renewing key parts of the surveillance law without sufficient consideration for reform, highlighting a split between the GOP and Attorney General William Barr, who has asked for a clean reauthorization.

"Hearing rumors that the swamp is trying to tie long-term FISA reauthorization to emergency funding to fight the #CoronaVirus," the Texas Republican tweeted Monday night. "This should not happen. FISA process was abused to spy on @realDonaldTrump. We need real reform, not political games."

Memo to Donald Trump: We can't take this more seriously than you do. If you permit this to happen, without issuing a veto threat (and subsequent veto, if necessary), then many people are going to conclude all the complaints about the FISA process were just playing-politics fuss for the sake of fuss.

If this is a real problem, then treat it like a real problem.


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