Potential FISA abuse has been a central issue in Congress’ investigation of the DOJ. The Carter Page FISA application revealed Rod Rosenstein signed the document and authorized surveillance. Mr. Rosenstein is a fact witness and should recuse himself from this process immediately. pic.twitter.com/9QQT5ztKMo
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 24, 2018
One conclusion that can be drawn from the newly released application the FBI and Justice Department used to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016 is that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should recuse himself from ongoing investigations of the matter, a congressman contends.
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, pointed out in a tweet Tuesday that potential abuse of the top-secret FISA court through which such warrants are obtained “has been a central issue in Congress’ investigation of the DOJ.”
“The Carter Page FISA application revealed Rod Rosenstein signed the document and authorized surveillance,” Meadows wrote. “Mr. Rosenstein is a fact witness and should recuse himself from this process immediately.”
Rosenstein has been the overseer of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which has found no evidence of Trump campaign collusion with Moscow but has been examining potential obstruction of justice charges against the president.
Meadows, Politico reported July 13, has prepared a filing to impeach Rosenstein, charging the State Department’s No. 2 official has been stonewalling the congressional review of the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email and Russian interference probes.
The initial October 2016 FISA application and three applications for its renewal were among 412 pages of documents the Justice Department handed over Saturday night in response to a lawsuit.
The heavily redacted documents confirm charges made in the February memo by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., that Obama administration officials abused the FISA court system to spy on the Trump campaign.