- FBI on solid ground, investigation was justified
- Surveillance warrant applications flawed
- No evidence of any kind of bias
Christopher Steele, of “Pissgate” may have dated Ivanka Trump according to sources close to the investigation…
The Steele dossier was largely confirmed though not entirely but as to which parts were confirmed…Barr has redacted this from the report
A Justice Department review into the origins of the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election found several procedural errors but overall no “political bias” by the agency. The review by Michael Horowitz, the inspector general for the Justice Department, also found the FBI was justified in launching its July 2016 investigation into the campaign, known as “Crossfire Hurricane.”
The 434-page report is based on more than 1 million documents from the Justice Department and the FBI and interviews with more than 100 witnesses. It examined the procedures for obtaining the 90-day surveillance warrant and renewals of that warrant for Carter Page, a Trump campaign aide. Horowitz probed the use of the Steele dossier as justification.
Attorney General William Barr challenged the findings in a statement issued immediately after the release of the Horowitz report.
“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,” the statement reads.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement that he accepted the report’s findings and acknowledged that “certain FBI personnel” had failed to comply with the FBI’s policies and standards of conduct. He wrote that the bureau “embraces the need for thoughtful, meaningful remedial action,” and in response to the report, Wray said that he has “ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the Report’s recommendations.”