Trump lashes out at FBI director Wray over Russian Federation investigation report

Saturday, 14 Dec, 2019

It also found the bureau was justified in eavesdropping on a former adviser to Mr Trump and that there was not documented or testimonial evidence of any political bias.

But, Horowitz told the panel, "Our review identified significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised".

It is worth pointing out that the Horowitz report demonstrates how easily the FBI can open an investigation with only the slightest "articulable factual basis", and that FBI and Justice Department guidelines make no requirement for higher standards for "allegations potentially impacting constitutionally protected activity, such as First Amendment rights". "What happened here is the system failed". They've destroyed the lives of people that were great people.

Another exchange between the pair during the summer before the 2016 presidential election appeared to detail bias against Trump. It was a - you know, an effort to spy on the Trump campaign. Papadopoulos boasted that Russian Federation had acquired a large number of damaging emails from the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign and would soon make them public. "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".

At the same time, there was public opposition to Trump from the national security establishment, with 50 former top officials, Republican and Democratic, publishing an open letter August 8 denouncing Trump and supporting Clinton. He called the Russian Federation probe "an embarrassment to [the] country" and said that such an ordeal should not be repeated for any future president.

"There is no deep state", she said.

He continued on to outline other notes that the report found, adding that "this is a grave matter that should deeply trouble Americans of all political stripes".

In addition, FBI directors, past and present, accepted the findings released Monday and said the bureau needed to learn from the multiple mistakes spelled out by Horowitz in a report that runs more than 400 pages. Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele compiled the dossier by using second- and third-hand sources with ties to the Kremlin. Trump and Republicans have slammed the material as outrageous and say it's further egregious that it was used to justify surveillance on Page.

STEVE HARPER: There really should be only one story that comes out of this report. He has not been charged with any crime and has always insisted he did nothing wrong. While the president vehemently believes the 2016 FBI investigation was built on a political bias against him, not everyone involved agrees.

Comey made that claim just more than a year ago, when he testified before the House Judiciary and Government Reform and Oversight committees.

Both ABC and the Post reported that the Trump family member was Ivanka, who is now a senior aide in the White House after years of working at her dad's real estate company.

The Director of National Intelligence has just issued a thinly-veiled warning to Attorney General Bill Barr to not overstep now that President Trump has created unprecedented, sweeping powers for the head of the Dept. of Justice.

President Trump and allied Republicans have long argued that the Russian Federation probe was a political "witch hunt" without legal merit.

"It's a disgrace what's happened with the things that were done to our country", Trump told an array of Republican Senators and state officials in the White House on December 9, shortly after the report (pdf) was released to the public.

The ones whose reputations suffer are U.S. Attorney John Durham and the man who picked him, Attorney General William P. Barr.

WITTES: I actually think the one person in Trump world who has a bit of a claim of vindication from this report is actually Carter Page.