The FBI was told last month by then FISA Presiding Judge Rosemary Collier to prepare steps to reform their interactions with the FISA Court because, as she said:
“The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable,” Collyer wrote."
In a meeting, Wray apologized for the FBI. “The FBI has the utmost respect for this court and deeply regrets the errors and omission identified by” the inspector general, wrote FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in a statement included with the filing."
Wray offered up a detailed 12 step program, the steps of which are not listed in the article, to improve the FBIs credibility. This includes increased supervision.
The problem, as we know, was that details supporting the FBI case were cherry picked but evidence such as Pages history of reporting his contacts to the FBI were excluded, creating the false impression that he may be working with the Russians.
So, is this something that a detailed checklist can really prevent? If there is no political bias, it may. If this was more than just a series of mistakes, then no.
My opinions, a random selection of other FISA cases should be examined. If the same type of errors reappear in those cases, then the FBI is a general mess and a major overhaul is needed. If no or few such errors reappear, then there was something peculiar about this case that made it interesting to some people in the FBI.
So which was it, and will a 12 step program work?