U.S. Attorney General: FBI's Russian Federation investigation based on 'bogus narrative'

Thursday, 12 Dec, 2019

It found that the FBI had an "authorised purpose" when it opened its investigation in July 2016 into whether the Trump campaign was coordinating with Russian Federation to tip the election in Mr Trump's favour.

In the second half of 2017, with both the Special Counsel's investigation and OIG's review of the Midyear investigation proceeding, the pressure on Attorney General Sessions and his Department continued to mount.

The inspector general's 434-page report, which relies on more than 1 million documents and upwards of 170 interviews with over 100 witnesses, covers a period between July 2016 and June 2017.

Not really. I mean, I suppose we could debate what "the heart" of a 435-page report is, but the BIG takeaway from Horowitz's report was that there was no "documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced" the decision to open the counter-intelligence probe.

Most of the FBI agents and officials who were part of the major errors have left the agency or been removed from their positions, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Horowitz in a letter also released on Monday.

Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial "Steele dossier" and a central figure in the Justice Department inspector general's report on the Russian Federation investigation, says the report included "several serious errors and misstatements".

Still, the report notes that, according to another person, Steel had been "desperate" to prevent Trump's election - which Steele denied, saying he was anxious only about Trump as a national security risk.

He said that though it was important to not lose sight of the fact that Horowitz found the investigation justified and did not find it to be tainted by political bias, "The American people rightly expect that the FBI, when it acts to protect the country, is going to do it right - each time, every time".

He also blamed the Obama administration for telling Russian Federation not to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and not sharing the same warnings or concerns with the Trump campaign.

But the report says the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched its database of confidential human sources and found no evidence suggesting that the professor, Joseph Mifsud, was one of them, "or that Mifsud's discussions with Papadopoulos were part of an Federal Bureau of Investigation operation".

"Nothing Trump said today is actually in the report", the Late Show host noted. But after Comey's removal, the FBI began investigating Trump personally for possible obstruction of justice.

They were obsessed with keeping Trump from becoming president.

Rep. Devin Nunes on Tuesday, while responding to inspector general Michael Horowitz's findings, called for either shutting down the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court system or taking action to fix it. He also said, "FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted exculpatory facts, and suppressed information that negated the reliability of their principal source". On August 16, General Michael Flynn, the retired head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Trump's top national security adviser, was added to the list.

Mr. Horowitz said agents "overstated" the information obtained by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was paid by Democrats to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.

The US attorney general earlier commented on the investigation's results into possible FBI misconduct in acquiring FISA warrants by saying that the bureau had used the "thinnest of suspicions" to spy on a Trump campaign member in 2016.

Wray issued a statement on Monday in which he said he had "ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the report's recommendations". Just the first quote you started with, it's like, 'I think it's troubling when they wire... people up to go in a campaign.' They didn't wire anyone up.