"President Trump has claimed that the investigation was politically motivated, that his campaign was illegally surveilled, and that his advisers were the victims of entrapment - every single one of those falsehoods powerfully disproven in this report".
The investigation did, however, identify "at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications and many errors in the Woods Procedures" which dictate the relevant information that must be shared with the FISA court when the FBI applies for a surveillance warrant.
Aside from the opprobrium and outrage, Barr's factually incorrect summary of the OIG report also prompted calls for his ouster. Lawmakers and staff were allowed to begin reviewing the report ahead of its public release. But he said there was "no evidence" that any FBI misconduct "had a material effect on the opening or conduct of this investigation". Therefore, they said, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was working in step with the Democrats in an effort to defeat Trump.
Revelations of their relationship came to light as investigators with the Justice Department's Inspector General's office were looking into allegations of potential political bias at the genesis of the Russian Federation investigation.
The report comes as Trump faces an impeachment inquiry in Congress centered on his efforts to press Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Democrat Joe Biden - a probe the president also claims is politically biased.
According to the DoD Inspector General's report the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) Contracting Officer's Representatives (CORs) "did not maintain documentation of the work performed by Professor Halper or any communication that ONA personnel had with Professor Halper; therefore, ONA CORs could not provide sufficient documentation that Professor Halper conducted all of his work in accordance with applicable laws and regulations".
Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, said "the American people should be terrified that this could happen to you".
A lot of the Steele file has been confirmed discredited or unsubstantiated, together with the file's claims that the Trump marketing campaign was paying hackers in the U.S. out of a nonexistent Russian consulate in Miami, and that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen traveled to Prague to conspire with Russians. Horowitz queried USA intelligence agencies, who told him that was not the case, people familiar with the matter said.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr was critical of Horowitz's report.
Horowitz's office also said it would look into what the FBI knew about an "alleged FBI confidential source" and the bureau's interactions with that source, who was not identified - but is the British former spy, Steele.
"So it was all lies", Comey tweeted, in an apparent reference to President Trump's claims that the FBI wrongly investigated his ties to Russian Federation. According to the WFO, "the Primary Sub-source explained that his/ her information came from 'word of mouth and hearsay;' 'conversation that [he/she] had with friends over beers;' and that some of the information, such as allegations about Trump's sexual activities, were statements he/she heard made in 'jest.'" In other words, it was becoming increasingly apparent that the Steele dossier was highly problematic. But when FBI agents interviewed one of Steele's subsources, they found that Steele's information - which he had said was raw intelligence in need of further investigation - was not entirely reliable, people familiar with the matter said.
"We found that the team had speculated that Steele's prior reporting had been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings without clearing the representation with Steele's handling agent, " the IG said.
The report will land in the heart of Democrats' impeachment inquiry; the House Judiciary Committee has announced it plans to hold a hearing Monday to "receive presentations from counsels to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and House Judiciary Committee".