Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, asked Comey on Wednesday, “Knowing then what you know now… would you have still signed the FISA warrant application against Carter Page?”
“No, I would want to have a much more complete understanding” of what we knew, Comey responded.
“My answer was no,” he stressed later. “Not without a much fuller discussion of how they [agents] were thinking about their disclosure obligations to the court.”
FBI agents in charge of approving FISA warrants, including Comey, “did not give appropriate attention or treatment to the facts that cut against [the] probable cause, or reassess the information supporting [the] probable cause as the investigation progressed,” the DOJ IG indicated.
Comey certified the FISA requests for Page despite the problems with the process used to ensure the information used to obtain the surveillance is accurate, the IG noted.
DOJ, which oversees the FBI, approved the first FISA application for Page in October 2016, and subsequent renewals in January, April, and June of the following year.