GOP reps want FBI director to explain FISA warrant ‘violations’

GOP reps want FBI director to explain FISA warrant ‘violations’


Two House Republicans are demanding answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray in the wake of the nation’s secretive FISA surveillance court, citing “widespread violations” by the FBI in monitoring American citizens.

​Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Andy Biggs ​of Arizona wrote to Wray to explain “the FBI’s illegal spying activities” after a ruling made by James Boasberg, the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, last November.

It was declassified last week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Fox News reported.

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The two GOP congressmen said the ruling from the court that oversees the​ Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act revealed the FBI “has been seriously and systematically abusing its warrantless electronic surveillance authority.”  ​

The ruling said the FBI violated the privacy rights of Americans in conducting surveillance under FISA’s section 702, which allows the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to authorize warrantless monitoring of non-US citizens believed to be outside the US

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