Opinion| Lawrence David| Even though we have seen how the swamp protects itself many times in the past, the appointment of Obama-era apologist David Kris to oversee the FBI’s FISA Reform is shocking in its unabashed disregard for Kris’ widely acknowledged bias.
Bias that Kris himself has confirmed in his writings too many times to ignore.
President Trump noticed Kris’ ‘highly controversial’ appointment via a tweet just minutes ago:
Following presiding FISA judge Rosemary Collyer’s announcement that she would be stepping down early due to health issues, Chief Justice John Roberts replaced her with Obama appointee Judge James Boasberg.
Yesterday, Judge Boasberg announced that he has appointed Kris as amicus counsel to review the reforms the FBI will be making to its FISA application process.
There are many rumors swirling around Chief Justice Roberts’ reasons for throwing out the Constitution to save Obamacare. Knowing the manner in which personal information was weaponized by the Obama administration, we have to ask was the chief justice compromised?
How else can you explain choosing an Obama-appointed judge to run a court so virulently violated by Obama-era surveillance abuse? Is judge Boasberg also compromised? Does that give Roberts comfort that his compromise, if it exists, will remain hidden?
That’s where the smart money is today following the appointment of Kris who has made no effort to hide his prejudices previously.
Mike Cernovitch took a deep dive into David Kris and exposes his animosity towards the truth, in Kris’ own words:
(Cernovitch.com) … David Kris spent years at an anti-Trump blog Lawfare running interference for the FBI’s abuse of FISA. In one comprehensive article, Kris made the following assertions:
-“The central irony of the memo prepared by House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes, we now know, is that it tried to deceive the American people in precisely the same way that it falsely accused the FBI of deceiving the FISA Court.”
-“The Nunes memo was dishonest. And if it is allowed to stand, we risk significant collateral damage to essential elements of our democracy.”
-“The Nunes memo’s fundamental claim was that the FBI misled the court about Christopher Steele, the former British agent who was a source of information in the FISA applications on Carter Page…. Today we know that it was not true.”
Kris’ claims in his 2018 blog post have all been repudiated by Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA. Congressman Devin Nunes did not falsely accuse the FBI of deceiving the FISA Court. Several FBI agents did in fact deceive the FISA Court.
Kris also made what we now know is a false claim in his 2018 article on the Nunes memo: “It’s even more disturbing that a purported oversight memo would withhold key facts from the American people in accusing the government of withholding key facts from the court. Had the FBI done in its FISA applications what Nunes did in his memo, heads would have rolled on Pennsylvania Avenue.”
Fact: The IG Report corroborated everything in the Nunes Memo.
The IG Report established that the FBI and DOJ withheld key facts from the FISA Court.
Reality is contrary to Kris’ claim that “heads would have rolled” if the FBI had withheld material facts from the FISA Court. One FBI lawyer who fabricated evidence, Kevin Clinesmith, has been referred for criminal investigation. He has not been indicted.
FBI Director Chris Wray has not fired any of the agents who withheld material information from the FISA Court. According to Wray’s most recent filing, he did email the entire FBI a video telling agents to stop lying.
Just a month ago, following the Inspector General’s scathing report on FISA abuse Kris tweeted:
Among 17 significant errors, the FISA applications:
Overstated prior corroboration of Steele’s reporting;
Omitted critical assessments of Steele himself and a sub-source;
Omitted some denials of guilt from Page & others. 8/9
— David Kris (@DavidKris) December 9, 2019
Under questioning by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) Horowitz refuted Kris’ assertion that there was no political bias:
Sen. Hawley: “Was it your conclusion that political bias did not affect any part of the Page investigation, any part of Crossfire Hurricane?”
IG Horowitz: “We did not reach that conclusion.”
Sen. Hawley: “Because I could have sworn, in fact, I know for a fact that I’ve heard that today from this committee. That’s not your conclusion?”
IG Horowitz: “We have been very careful in the connection with the FISA’s for the reasons you mentioned to not reach that conclusion in part – as we’ve talked about earlier – the alteration of the email, the text messages associated with the individual who did that, and our inability to explain or understand, to get good explanations so that we could understand why this all happened.”
Cernovitch’s article is filled with additional instances of Kris’ political bias in defense of what we now know is an openly corrupt FISA system.
This is who the FISA Court appointed to assess FBI proposals to clean up their FISA act.
A vocal @DevinNunes critic and apologist for FBI misconduct.
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 11, 2020
Judge Boasberg’s decision to appoint hyper-partisan David Kris, who has repeatedly made false claims in defense of the FBI’s FISA abuse can only be interpreted as an attempt by the FISA Court to cover-up the FBI’s crimes.
Nunes: FISC Sets 'credibility on fire' Picking Defender Of FBI Surveillance On Page To Oversee Reforms
"It's a ridiculous choice…The FISC is setting its own credibility on fire," Nunes tells me. Read Here: https://t.co/N6oS5gZlP8 via @SaraCarterDC
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) January 12, 2020
The Obama legacy: He poisoned all three branches of government.
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) January 12, 2020
Either President Trump and Attorney General Barr put and end to this, or it puts and end to our nation …