After examining more than a million documents and interviewing more than 100 witnesses, Inspector General Michael Horowitz's team issued a report Monday, zeroing in on the heart of the case as presented to him by then-Counterintelligence Division assistant director E. W. "Bill" Priestap.
FBI Director Christopher Wray is under fire by President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning, December 10, for his interpretation of a freshly published inspector general report from the Department of Justice-a report whose conclusion stated that political bias was absent in the Russian Federation probe that launched during the 2016 presidential election. For Democrats, that was long-awaited vindication. This material was used as the basis for seeking authorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a wiretap on Carter Page, who had left the Trump campaign but was the subject of close surveillance for almost a year afterwards.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that neither Strzok nor Page were in a position to start an investigation into Trump's campaign and concluded that the FBI probe was justified, refuting claims that the probe was opened because of bias by the FBI's top officials.
Shortly after the release of the Horowitz report Monday, Attorney General William Barr lambasted the FBI, saying it conducted "an intrusive investigation of a US presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions".
"We. concluded that ... the FBI had an authorized objective when it opened Crossfire Hurricane to obtain information about, or protect against, a national security threat or federal crime, even though the investigation also had the potential to impact constitutionally protected activity", Horowitz wrote in the more than 400-page report.
Former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker joined appeared alongside Toobin on CNN Tuesday, and suggested Barr's continued support for the president's conspiracy theories "sends a awful message" to the FBI and the American people.
Legal professional Normal William Barr disagreed with a lot of Horowitz's findings. Any notion that this was perpetrated by a couple of bad apples is ludicrous, which is one of the reasons so many Americans are holding our collective breath in anticipation of what U.S. Attorney John Durham will uncover. Barr and Durham were both quick to criticize the findings in the Horowitz report. Following the release of the report, Trump called the findings a "disgrace" and "an embarrassment for our country". "So that's not a term I would ever use to describe our work force and I think it's an affront to them".
Page also contends that at some point the text messages were supposed to go to "certain members" on the House Judiciary Committee, but when they were not in a position to read them, DOJ chose to provide the messages to reporters.
Although it found the FBI did not show political bias during critical period when the investigation was launched, it did outline 17 mistakes in the bureau's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications, which was the avenue it used to obtain a warrant to look into Carter's devices. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY.
"Trump's had this insistence that the 2016 Russian Federation probe started only because of "anti-Trump bias" in the FBI", Colbert explained.
Strassel listed some of the FBI's errors and omissions in its FISA court surveillance warrant applications identified within the IG report.
The Horowitz report found, among other shortcomings, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation relied on uncorroborated information provided by British ex-intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
HARPER: And Barr essentially says - but I don't agree with it. FBI Director Christopher Wray said the department has already taken more than "40 corrective steps", and disciplinary reviews are expected to follow.
His dossier of reports, which he told DOJ officials was never meant to be taken as a final assessment, was published by BuzzFeed in 2017.