On “Fox & Friends” Monday, Republican Senator Mike Lee said that the Senate must reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process substantially in the wake of how the FBI botched the investigation of Michael Flynn.
Lee: ‘There’s no question that this was a travesty at the FBI’
“There’s no question that this was a travesty at the FBI. And there is no question that this calls out for reform within the FBI,” said Lee, adding that he has introduced an amendment that “would substantially reform FISA and make things like this less possible in the future.”
It was a Coup, @SenMikeLee more than reform is needed, accountability is require!
Sen. Mike Lee: FBI's handling of Flynn case was a 'travesty' and it's time for substantial reformhttps://t.co/f1rzx17Xn7
— Debbie Aldrich 🇺🇸 (@DebbieAAldrich) May 11, 2020
Lee said he believes his amendment, co-sponsored with Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, could be taken up this week and would pass “overwhelmingly.” It would require the FISA court to appoint a third party overseer “with a security clearance” who would keep tabs on investigators and their documents before a warrant for surveillance was approved.
Lee’s comments came after President Trump blasted former President Obama on Sunday for tying him to the Flynn investigation.
The Democrats lied to the American people.
There was no collusion. Obama's FBI set a trap for Michael Flynn to go after @realDonaldTrump.
It was all a setup. And the more we learn, the more we're proven right. pic.twitter.com/WlwMhJedr7
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 8, 2020
‘It’s now clear why every Republican’ called for Schiff’s resignation
Last week, the Department of Justice moved to drop the case against Flynn, who had been considered a key prosecution witness in Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and supposed Russian collusion, of which none was found.
Trump retweeted Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake, who said he has been thoroughly going through the interview transcripts that were recently released from Mueller’s investigation. Lake wrote, “It’s now clear why every Republican on [Rep. Adam Schiff’s] committee in 2019 called for his resignation. He knew the closed-door witnesses didn’t support his innuendo and fakery on Russia collusion.”
I’ve been going through the interview transcripts that ODNI forced @AdamSchiff to release. It’s now clear why every Republican on his committee in 2019 called for his resignation. He knew the closed door witnesses didn’t support his innuendo and fakery on Russia collusion.
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) May 9, 2020
Flynn Was Framed
On Sunday, Flynn’s lead attorney accused investigation officials of trying to frame her client, and said President Obama was part of the plot.
“These agents specifically schemed and planned with each other how to not tip him off, that he was even the person being investigated,” attorney Sidney Powell told Fox News, saying that the FBI were casual with Flynn and supposed evidence, not even telling him he was being investigated him and that him lying could be considered a federal crime to lie during their interactions.
“So they kept him relaxed and unguarded deliberately as part of their effort to set him up and frame him,” Powell insisted.
The criminal case against Michael Flynn has been dropped after the DOJ concluded Flynn should never have been charged in the first place, arguing his statements were not central to any investigation the FBI was conducting, @PeterAlexander reports. pic.twitter.com/Ewf6Z6MF3A
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 8, 2020