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Mon Dec 9, 2019, 09:20 PM

FBI was justified in opening Trump campaign probe inspector general finds

A Justice Department inspector general’s report examining the FBI investigation of President Trump’s 2016 campaign rebutted conservatives’ accusations that top FBI officials were driven by political bias to illegally spy on Trump advisers, but also found broad and “serious performance failures” requiring major changes.

The 434-page report issued Monday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that the FBI had an “authorized purpose” when it initiated its investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, into the Trump campaign. In doing so, Horowitz implicitly rejected assertions by the president and fellow Republicans that the case was launched out of political animus or that the FBI broke its own rules on using informants.

As the probe went on and the FBI sought court approval to surveil a former campaign aide, officials repeatedly emphasized damaging information they heard about Trump associates and played down exculpatory evidence they found, the report said. The bureau promptly indicated that it would implement dozens of corrective measures in response to Horowitz’s report and that disciplinary action remains a possibility.

Conservatives and liberals alike claimed victory after the report’s release — with Republicans asserting that it exposed serious wrongdoing while Democrats said it validated the Russia investigation. Trump called the report’s findings “far worse than anything I would have imagined.”


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Mon Dec 9, 2019, 09:34 PM

1. I've been reading through the executive summary at the beginning.

It can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/storage/120919-examination.pdf

The mishandling surrounding the Carter Page FISA warrant, including misrepresentations of Steele's reliability was pretty atrocious. The lawyer that altered an email to say Page was "not a source" for another agency instead of the original that said he was, was particularly bad. He may very well end up charged.

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