Doss discusses legality and origination of FISA wiretaps orders
April Doss, partner and chair of Saul Ewing’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice, is quoted in this article in Wired discussing the FISA warrant process and President Trump’s wiretapping claims. In the article, April notes that the executive branch cannot issue a wiretap. “While the order would have been requested by some part of the executive branch, Obama can’t order anything. Nor can Trump,” April said in the article. “The order has to come from the court, and the court operates independently.”
The article also discusses the legality of a wiretap if suspicious activity between a U.S. person and a foreign power is suspected. “I have high confidence that a FISA court judge would not have authorized any warrant unless it met all the requirements under the statute,” April says in the article.
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