Now that we officially have a new attorney general in place, Republicans want to get to the bottom of the FISA warrant issue.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently sent a letter to AG William Barr requesting numerous documents he believes will help prove that Democrats abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign.
The issue of an ill-gotten FISA warrant is at the core of the case against President Donald Trump.
One of the secretive courts established by the act issued a warrant to the Justice Department to surveil a member of Trump’s 2016 campaign team.
When it was revealed how that warrant was secured — using the widely discredited Christopher Steele dossier on Trump — many were outraged at the lack of real evidence.
Then-FBI Director James Comey even publicly stated that the dossier used to grant the FISA warrant was not credible, and much of the information the dossier contained has since been debunked.
Now, Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to get to the bottom of it — not unlike his South Carolina comrade, former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), who investigated FISA abuses from his post in the House before his retirement.
Justice Department Resistance
But to this point, the Justice Department has been shockingly uncooperative with politicians like Gowdy and Graham seeking documents.
When lawmakers issue a subpoena, the Department more often than not considers it merely a request rather than a legitimate, legal document.
Both before and after his retirement, Rep. Gowdy told the media how frustrating it is to deal with a Justice Department that pays no respect whatsoever to House and Senate Oversight committees.
As such, during Barr’s confirmation hearings, the subject of cooperation was brought up by Sen. Graham himself. Barr promised he would be as transparent as possible.
Now that Barr is officially in his new role, Graham is hoping Barr will live up to his word and provide the documentation being requested.
We can only hope for the best.