Inspector General slams "failure" of federal investigators in Trump-Russia probe

by Daniel Payne · Dec 11th, 2019 3:37 pm

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday slammed the numerous "basic and fundamental errors" he said the FBI committed when opening the lengthy and controversial investigation into the unsubstantiated allegations of Donald Trump's collusion with Russia.

Horowitz, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said numerous FBI agents were guilty of omissions and inaccuracies when filing FISA applications for former Trump adviser Carter Page.

Horowitz said that both rank-and-file FBI officials and "managers and supervisors" were guilty of professional neglect during the investigatory process. In particular, Horowitz said that FBI leadership relied too much on the "Steele dossier," a compendium of unverified and uncorroborated allegations involving Trump and his surrogates.