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A report released today by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice (OIG) warns that the problems found with the FBI's secret warrants to wiretap former Donald Trump aide Carter Page were not an anomaly

The results of that deeper audit were published today and they don't look good for the FBI. The OIG report shows that the agency regularly neglects proper procedures when seeking FISA warrants.

The OIG reviewed 29 FISA warrant applications. In 25 of them the OIG identified errors or "inadequately supported facts." In the other four, the OIG couldn't find the associated Woods files—records that document that the FBI agents did due diligence to verify factual accuracy—at all. In three of those cases, the OIG is not certain whether any Woods files even exist. So there's essentially a problem with every warrant application the OIG looked at for this audit.

So a FISA warrant application is like a grand jury. Approval of surveillance & tapping of communication devices on a ham sandwich if that was wished for by the FBI.
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