[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) released two [Goodlatte, PDF] letters [Nunes, PDF] on Thursday stating that it would consider requests from two Congressional Representatives to release the hearing transcripts which caused former Trump advisor Carter Page to be put under surveillance.
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) wrote to the FISC in January requesting the transcripts, and Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) [official websites] sent a second letter at the beginning of February.
Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote in her response that “the Court has never previously received a request from Congress for the contents of any specific FISA application or order, nor has the Court provided any to Congress.” The judge says that this request will “present novel and significant questions.” She added that she has no objection to the Executive Branch releasing the transcripts.
At the beginning of February, Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, released [JURIST report] a memo claiming that the FBI overstepped its surveillance authority while investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The memo alleges that Carter Page was unreasonably targeted. In January the Senate voted [JURIST report] to extend a warrantless surveillance program like 2023. In May, it was revealed that the NSA collected citizens’ phone records despite the USA Freedom Act.