Congressional Democrats repeatedly defended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications against Donald Trump adviser Carter Page, but former deputy attorney general Sally Yates said last week she would not have signed the warrants with her knowledge now of the errors and omissions made in obtaining them.
Department of Justice inspector general Michael Horowitz outlined numerous abuses in the FISA process to surveil Page in a watchdog report last year, particularly its heavy reliance on the discredited Christopher Steele dossier and the concealment of the Hillary Clinton campaign's involvement.
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But when Republicans led by Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) spoke out against the surveillance of Page in 2018, Reps. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.), and others claimed Steele was trustworthy and ample justification existed for the FISA warrants.
Steele accused Page of being a Kremlin operative within the Trump campaign, but the sprawling Robert Mueller investigation concluded no evidence existed of any conspiracy between Page and the Russians.