Judge Nap: I Believe the IG Will Find a ‘Treasure Trove’ of FISA Abuses in the DOJ and FBI
NAPOLITANO: "Just a little bit of background. The FBI was never perfect, made up of human beings that have political aspirations and political ideas. But when it was confined just to law enforcement, it knew how to do its job. After 9/11, when the FBI was moved in to intelligence-gathering as well as law enforcement, the abuses began to ramp up. It’s not just Andrew McCabe. By the time McCabe got there, the concept of you want a warrant? Go to FISA. They issue any warrant you want. That attitude amongst FBI and intelligence officials in the NSA was so rampant they all did it hence, the FISA court awarding 99.9 percent of all warrants requested."
EARHARDT: "Which one didn't?"
HEGSETH: "The first Trump one they didn’t approve." [crosstalk]
NAPOLITANO: "Right. In my prior life I signed arrest warrants. This was not for this kind of surveillance; it was to break down a door to arrest somebody before they destroyed the evidence. I never heard of a ratio a number that high 99.9 percent. Because FISA meets in secret. It kept lowering the standards. And FBI people who knew, they couldn’t get a warrant from a judge where the standard is probable cause of crime. Go to FISA where the standard is probable cause of talking to a foreign person. I believe that the inspector general will find a treasure trove, not just McCabe and company, but that is the most extreme violation we know of because the target, the victim is the president of the United States, though he was a candidate and then president-elect at the time. But he will find a treasure trove of abuses; going to FISA, getting warrants, when the law did not justify it."