Inspector General Michael Horwitz’s report already laid out 17 significant “inaccuracies and omissions”‘ in the four FISA warrant applications filed to spy on Carter Page. Sen. Richard Blumenthal questioned Horowitz Wednesday during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing, and assumed that because the FISA warrant application had been renewed three times, it must have been producing some useful information, right?
Horowitz, however, refused to commit to an answer, saying he wasn’t sure that characterization was entirely correct.
Blumenthal: "[FISAs] are renewed because they are producing useful information, correct?"
IG: "Or they should be producing useful information."
Blumenthal: "…they were producing useful information, correct?"
IG: "I'm not sure that's entirely correct." pic.twitter.com/70ydMovyFf
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 11, 2019
He was a prosecutor? Oof, indeed.
— Sandy 〽️ (@RightGlockMom) December 11, 2019
Is that a foot in Blumenthal's … mouth ?? ✔️🤔
— @d0u6 (@DougDueck) December 11, 2019
— Coach Curley (@curleyfootball) December 11, 2019
— Jared (@TapingPirate) December 11, 2019
Every. Damn. Time. pic.twitter.com/rI5tTpMmlI
— Hippity Doo Da (@HippityD) December 11, 2019
Horowitz going full-blown Lumbergh pic.twitter.com/AJ6kdRvNyR
— Dan Mellis (@MtgGuyDan) December 11, 2019
The good ole "end justifies the means" defense…" pic.twitter.com/jS0vovTgCQ
— Blake Freeman (@blakehfreeman) December 11, 2019
WOW. That is pretty damning
— Aynov 💣💣💣💣💣💣 (@iyaayas1991) December 11, 2019
By the end of the 4 FISA warrants, there was NO evidence Page was a foreign agent. That means there was NEVER evidence in any of the renewals, so they were ALL fraudulent – in that they weren't updated with any VALID, new info supporting the "Page is a foreign agent" govt stance.
— Mr. Tom ItWasACoup (@daddyroo45) December 11, 2019
This old bag is trying to justify abuse in the FISA courts if it "produces useful" information.
That should terrify everyone..
— No Name Jane (@mrkorcker) December 11, 2019
I'd say they produced quite valuable information: it uncovered treasonous acts by enemies of the state. I'd say that's quite valuable
— Account Suspended (@Jarekai2) December 11, 2019
Producing useful information for the Hillary campaign and the DNC would be more accurate and precise. Which was the whole intent.
— RLee (@dragon_wingz) December 11, 2019
That’s the first real fire Blumenthal ever had to dodge
— Robert (@FredoMueller) December 11, 2019
Well, that didn't go the way he hoped
— Bree (@BreeNana23) December 11, 2019
Asked and answered. Asked and answered.
— Evans Dad (@mjeabbott) December 11, 2019
So they were used to go fishing
— D (@chefbake1) December 11, 2019
“Well, they were producing information”. pic.twitter.com/q9lcCTIb7l
— Steve McKnight (@SWMCKNIGHT) December 11, 2019
Useful for what, is the question
— Wisconservative (@CarterFliptMe) December 11, 2019
Yes Dick, any spying the government does produces information. The question is, is the information useful and legitimate.
— Chris Adkins (@topheradkins) December 11, 2019
Makes the fundamental mistake no lawyer should ever make. He asks a question he doesn’t know the answer to and gets what he doesn’t want to hear. 😂 #HorowitzHearing
— John Luciew (@JohnLuciew) December 11, 2019
Sounds like a fishing expedition to us.
‘This is insane’! Ted Cruz asked IG if an FBI lawyer actually did this (and Horowitz confirmed) https://t.co/R578zQQwpx
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 11, 2019