| January 13, 2020 01:17 PM
Republicans are powerless to toss out the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s pick to oversee reforms in the FISA process.
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade urged California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, during the show Monday morning to “get rid of” David Kris, a former assistant attorney general with the Justice Department’s national security division during the Obama administration.
“We can’t get rid of him,” Nunes replied, noting he is “one of the worst people that you could find in the swamp.”
Kris, a defender of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation and critic of Nunes’s 2018 memo on alleged FISA abuses, was picked by James Boasberg, the new presiding judge over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, to serve as the court’s amicus curiae — a position that is supposed to provide impartial advice to the court. He will oversee the implementation of reforms following a scathing Justice Department watchdog report on serious errors found in the FBI’s efforts to wiretap Carter Page, an American foreign policy adviser who helped President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Trump reacted to the Kris news over the weekend, tweeting, “Zero credibility. THE SWAMP!”
Nunes said he views FISA as a “very important” tool for protecting American from terrorists but added that Republicans in Congress should consider getting rid of it if “[the] Democratic Party gets to use these tools to attempt to remove presidents and target political operatives when they want to.”
“I’d rather get rid of and abolish this court than be left with that,” Nunes said.