Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano accused the FBI of using “unconstitutional means” to obtain information against President Donald Trump on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.
“One [warrant] is easy to get. One is difficult to get. When the FBI can’t get the more difficult one they get the easy one. And that has corrupted them,” Napolitano said. “And that has enabled them to gather evidence by unconstitutional means and that’s what they did to the president.”
Napolitano was discussing the FBI’s use of FISA practices and said the agency has abused the process to obtain low-standard warrants. (RELATED: Expect The Mueller Probe To Drag Out Until 2020, Says Judge Napolitano)
“This is not something normally done by the general counsel of the FBI. If he were doing his job, he would say to them stay away from FISA,” he continued.
Trump took notice of Napolitano’s comments Tuesday morning and tweeted out about corruption within the federal government.
FBI top lawyer confirms “unusual steps.” They relied on the Clinton Campaign’s Fake & Unverified “Dossier,” which is illegal. “That has corrupted them. That has enabled them to gather evidence by UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEANS, and that’s what they did to the President.” Judge Napolitano
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
“Donald Trump has argued, the president has argued that FISA, which has a low standard to get a search warrant, has been abused by the FBI because it’s easy to get a search warrant from the FISA court as opposed to a regular sitting federal judge where the standard is one of the Constitution. Under the Constitution to get a search warrant, to listen to somebody’s phone calls, to look at their mail, to follow them, you have to have probable cause of crime. A very high standard. You have to show evidence. Not a dossier, but actual evidence to a judge.”
Napolitano said there is a political agenda within the FBI and claimed certain agents want to see the president and this White House fail.
“It is obvious that there was an agenda on the part of people in the FBI to either cause President Trump to stumble, to prevent him from entering office, or to get rid of him once he was in office,” he said. “We keep getting snippets of this evidence. If they can do this to the President of the United States they can do it to anybody.”
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