FISA report: DOJ watchdog releases findings on Russia probe surveillance
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Started by metmike - Dec. 9, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

The Justice Department’s inspector general on Monday released the long-awaited internal review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation.

The report concluded that investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding efforts to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the Russia investigation -- but also faulted the FBI over numerous "omissions" and "inaccuracies" in the application process.

The IG probe identified at least 17 "significant" errors in the Page applications and said they would launch a new audit into the FISA process."

By TimNew - Dec. 9, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
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Durham is disputing findings.   This may not play out for a while.

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff.  However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department," Durham said. "Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” 

By metmike - Dec. 9, 2019, 5:18 p.m.
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From your link:

"Inspector General investigators are only capable of interviewing individuals in the Department of Justice. They cannot access information from other federal government agencies or compel anyone outside of DOJ to be interviewed. Further, the Inspector General can only recommend prosecution for those found to have engaged in illegal wrongdoing."

By mcfarm - Dec. 9, 2019, 6:08 p.m.
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so the investigator can only call in employees who then state they did nothing well spent...on to Durham and Barr and that is where the rubber meets the road

By metmike - Dec. 9, 2019, 7:13 p.m.
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Ludicrous that the reports conclusion, completely contradicts the crystal clear findings.

Corruption, bias and targeting Trump.

They chose to, instead call them "serious errors". The MSM is using that to claim that it was not a Witch Hunt, there is no deep state and this was all just another  republican conspiracy theory.

Read the actual report and what it finds. Those 17 blatant errors that it found were not just the investigators having no idea what they were doing. You would have to assume that they were all a bunch of buffoons with no clue about the right way to conduct a proper investigation to believe this was not intentional.

Of course they knew what they were doing. They were targeting Donald Trump. This is proof.

At the end of the report, this statement  says it all:

“We … did not receive satisfactory explanations for the errors or problems we identified,” the report says.

Duh, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Just another justice dept report, attempting to put a protective spin on a report that found blatant corruption within itself. 

Watchdog report rips FBI handling of Russia probe

The Justice Department inspector general faulted the bureau for lapses and inconsistencies, but found its decision to open an investigation into Trump's campaign was appropriate.

“We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked investigative teams; on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations; after the matter had been briefed to the highest levels within the FBI; even though the information sought through the use of FISA authority related so closely to an ongoing presidential campaign; and even though those involved with the investigation knew that their actions were likely to be subjected to close scrutiny,” Horowitz wrote. 

“We believe this circumstance reflects a failure not just but those who prepared the FISA applications, but also by the managers and supervisors in the Crossfire Hurricane chain of command, including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed,” the inspector general added. 

“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Barr said in a statement. “It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration.” 

Barr blasted the FBI’s actions in 2016 as “a clear abuse of the FISA process.”