In 10,000 FISA requests throughout 6 years only 1 was denied.
Obama’s first request to wiretap Donald Trump was one of the only ones out of thousands that was denied.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is in the spotlight now that President Trump announced over Twitter that Obama tapped his phones prior to the election. Below is a chart of how many applications they have received throughout the years and how many were approved. (Most of them)
From CNS News:
Although the court denied none of the government’s applications for electronic surveillance under FISA from 2010 through 2015, the court did modify some of those it approved and the government withdrew some of those it submitted.
From 2010 through 2015, the government submitted a total of 9,400 applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the authority to conduct electronic surveillance.
Of those 9400, the court approved 9,391 and the government withdrew 9. The court also modified 217 of those it approved.
It denied none.
Government requests to tap lines fly through this court so easily! And looking even deeper, every Judge who is in the FISA court today has been appointed under Obama’s reign!
With only two applications having been denied out of the 10,700 from 2009 through 2015, the fact that the Obama Administration’s application was denied by the FISA Court is very much disturbing. The odds of this happening were only a mere 0.02%.
All applications that go through FISA are signed off on by the Attorney General. So any applications that were processed in the last year were signed off on by Loretta Lynch! Any requests that went through to wiretap Donald Trump, went through the hands of Lynch and was signed off on by her.
Timing is suspect in the appeal ruling, which was made by judges primarily appointed by Bill Clinton shortly after he and AG Lynch met on the plane discussing their… “grand kids”. Shady dealings then and they continue even now.