Appearing on “Hannity” Thursday night, LevinTV host Mark Levin demanded that Congress investigate whether the Obama administration Department of Justice and FBI engaged in “misconduct” before the FISA court by using the infamous Russian dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
He also questioned the actions of FISA court Judge Rosemary Collyer and demanded that she “do something” about the “alleged abuses” of the court by the FBI and DOJ. Levin recounted how last April his organization, the Landmark Legal Foundation, filed secretly with the FISA court urging the court to use its “inherent jurisdiction” to investigate the conduct of the FBI.
“If you’re a judge … and you don’t do something about it? Congress needs to look into this!” Levin said. “I damn well expect federal judges serving as FISA court judges to make sure that [misconduct] wasn’t committed in front of them.”
Judge Collyer responded to the Landmark Legal Foundation by saying there was “no matter pending before the court with respect to which such an appearance would be proper.”
Levin said that in Judge Collyer’s response, she was “misdirecting,” and that the court has the power to go back and hold the FBI in contempt for misrepresenting the evidence in its application for a FISA warrant to surveil Page. “She did nothing,” Levin said. “You know what that tells me? Something smells like a rat.”
Levin said that if the FISA court judge is unwilling to investigate the FBI’s conduct, Congress must act.
“I want to underscore something tonight, Sean,” Levin told Hannity. “These federal judges sitting on this FISA court act like they have no role in this. They were abused. The court was abused. The court was misled. People should be held to account.”
“We presented this judge with the evidence and filed it. Congress needs to find out now why these judges, even today, aren’t holding these people accountable!”
Levin further called for the FISA court itself to be abolished.
“It’s time to abolish the FISA court. It’s time to create a new, a counter-intelligence-related court. It should not consist of existing federal judges. They should be confirmed, not for life terms, for given terms. The FBI and the Justice Department, when they go into that court, should not be alone any more. There ought to be an office within the federal government that’s there to ensure that civil liberties are protected,” Levin said pointedly.
“There are things we need to do with this court right now.”
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