David Kris, the former assistant attorney general for national security and an expert on FISA, didn’t mince words when he reacted to the news.
“The release of FISAs like this is off the charts,” he wrote. “It is especially unprecedented considering that the FISAs have already gone through declassification review and the President is overruling the judgments of his subordinates to require expanded disclosure.”
Joyce Alene Vance, a longtime former federal prosecutor, largely agreed.
“Releasing FISA materials compromises national security,” she wrote. “Publicly releasing evidence during an ongoing criminal investigation is unprecedented.”