McCabe Admits Mistakes In Russia Collusion Investigation

Daily Report April 15,2024

The reactions surrounding the passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) took a dramatic turn after Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted that the FBI made mistakes when it spied on former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

McCabe, in an interview on “CNN Newsroom With Jim Acosta,” responded to Trump’s Truth post calling on Congress to end FISA. The former FBI director, while trying to make the case for FISA, argued that Trump was confusing the issue.

“Donald Trump is really confusing the issue. FISA is a big law. It has a lot of different sections. Part of it is used against people here in the United States,” McCabe told host Jim Acosta. “You go to the court for a warrant to enable you to do electronic surveillance. That’s not what we’re talking about. Section 702 is only used to capture the communications when people meet three criteria. You have to be a foreign person in a foreign place and the purpose of the collection has to be to get foreign intelligence. It is our primary vision into what terrorists, spies and people who use weapons of mass destruction and nation states that use cyber tools against us, what they’re doing overseas.”

Trump has claimed that FISA was illegally used to spy on his campaign in 2016. McCabe claimed that while Trump’s request to end FISA is wrong, the FBI made mistakes when they used it to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016.

“There is no truth or accuracy in that post at all, 702 authorities were never used in the course of that investigation of Donald Trump and his campaign and some of his campaign associates,” McCabe said. “He may be referring to the FISA that was used, that [was] obtained to surveil Carter Page. We now know there were many mistakes in that FISA. Those are all regrettable, but that is not Section 702. Totally different thing here.”

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