IG Report Hearing: Senate Judiciary Questions Michael Horowitz

Clay Curtis
December 12, 2019

Christmas is still a couple of weeks away, but Stephen Colbert is already unpacking a "present" from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz - a 434-page report released Monday that found the FBI was justified when it opened an investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

At his Pennsylvania rally, President Donald Trump yet again viciously mocked the FBI Attorney Lisa Page for her texts with another FBI official critical of Trump that were uncovered during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The 39-year-old in her complaint sought reimbursement for attorney's fees, the "cost of paying a data-privacy service to protect her personal information", and for "the cost of childcare during and transportation to multiple investigative reviews and appearances before Congress".

Mr. Trump tapped Mr.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that, according to the FBI's low threshold, a friendly government's firsthand account of possible collusion was sufficient to predicate the initial investigation.

MYRE: At the FBI, Director Christopher Wray says he accepts the sharp criticism leveled against the bureau for its handling of surveillance warrants on a Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

He also criticized the conduct of Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz, who produced his report after months of investigating.

Yes. The inspector general concluded that "given the extensive compliance failures we identified in this review, we believe that additional OIG [Office of the Inspector General] oversight work is required to assess the FBI's compliance with Department and FBI FISA-related policies that seek to protect the civil liberties of USA persons". "It wasn't the Ukrainians", Graham said.

The top Democrat on the panel, Sen. When it came to light that both had exchanged messages expressing their mutual dislike for Trump, they were dismissed from the investigation.

BENJAMIN WITTES: It's a deep state coup. "Simply put, the FBI investigation was motivated by fact, not bias".

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Nor, Horowitz said, was there any evidence that the Obama administration tapped Trump's phones at Trump Tower. Steele was then working at a business intelligence firm.

The report examined the Department of Justice and the FBI's use of their surveillance powers in the Russian Federation investigation.

"They did so by summoning DOJ beat reporters to the Department to review the messages at night, prohibiting the reporters from copying or removing the set of messages from the building, and instructing them not to reveal DOJ as the source", the lawsuit states, calling this approach inconsistent with the traditional disclosure process for materials in the public interest. Page has never been charged with a crime.

The president has spent much of his tenure insisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation is a corrupt institution, filled with his enemies, and Michael Horowitz was in a position to finally bring the truth to light.

The findings undercut Mr Trump's claim that he was the target of a "witch hunt".

The release of the inspector general's report only hardened that divide.

"I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press", Barr mentioned.

Federal prosecutor John Durham, who is running a separate criminal investigation on the origins of the Russian Federation probe, said he did not agree with some of the report's conclusions.

"The Inspector General did find a number of instances where employees either failed to follow our policies, neglected to exercise appropriate diligence or in some other way fell short of the standard of conduct and performance that we, and that I as a director, expect of all of our employees", said Wray.

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