Joyce Vance: ‘Almost Deliberate Ignorance’ from the W.H. About What the FISA Process Looks Like

‘One of the things that detractors from the FISA court like to point out is that the court grants a very high percentage of the warrants that the Justice Department brings to the court’

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VANCE: "So there seems to be some almost deliberate ignorance coming from the White House and maybe from the Hill about what the FISA process really looks like, because you’re absolutely right. Decisions to grant FISA warrants are made by judges on a special Foreign Intelligence Court. These are judges who are appointed by Chief Justice Roberts and the process, because it’s deliberative but involves national security information, is very carefully conducted. One of the things that detractors from the FISA Court like to point out is that the court grants a very high percentage of the warrants that the Justice Department brings to the court and that’s actually not a negative. What that high percentage of grants reflects is how carefully these processes are vetted inside of the Justice Department." 

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