Documents have now been declassified just weeks after the firing of FBI Director James Comey which reveal he may not have been as clean as everyone thought. It’s bad enough that the FBI has reportedly broken the law by obtaining and sharing raw intelligence gathered on American citizens, but it appears as if Comey was aware of it the whole time, and didn’t do anything to stop it.
According to Circa News, a property of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the powerful but secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court outlined its concerns about the FBI in a series of rulings. Those rulings have now been declassified, and reveal hundreds of privacy violations during Comey’s time at the bureau, according to Circa.
The court, which hears applications for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, had information that could stun many Americans.
“The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago,” Circa reported.
Under normal circumstances, the FBI is not allowed to spy on Americans without warrant, but Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does authorize surveillance on U.S. citizens communicating with foreigners, but even then, strict rules must be followed. However, with that said, the court suspects other unauthorized instances had occurred that had not been reported, and that the bureau had often broken those rules while Comey was director.
“We found several instances in which the FBI acquired communications on the same day that the NSA determined through analysis of intercepted communications that the person was in the United States,” explained a FISA report obtained by Circa News.
If there’s any truth to this, this means Comey must have lied to Congress.