DOJ inspector general finds "serious performance failures" in Russia probe launch but concludes it was justified

by Adam Ford · Dec 9th, 2019 1:58 pm

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited report on the origins of the Russia probe Monday. In it he relays "serious performance failures" in obtaining surveillance warrants against a Trump aide, but ultimately concludes that the launch of the investigation and surveillance of Trump's 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page was justified and was not a result of political bias against the president.

Citing "significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised," the report said:

"That so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked teams on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations that was briefed to the highest levels within the FBI, and that FBI officials expected would eventually be subjected to close scrutiny, raised significant questions regarding the FBI chain of command's management and supervision of the FISA process."

The report also said that the FBI was justified in using information from a former British spy named Christopher Steele and his infamous Steele dossier, but that agents should have reassessed its reliability after obtaining information contradicting claims in the document.

"We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI's decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page," the report said.

The full report, which is over 400 pages, can be read here.


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