U.S. attorney investigating Trump-Russia probe publicly objects to IG report

by Daniel Payne · Dec 9th, 2019 4:15 pm

Last Updated Dec 9th, 2019 at 5:33 pm

In a rare and stunning public objection to internal government affairs, the attorney in charge of the investigation into the Trump-Russia probe said on Monday that he disagrees with certain aspects of the way in which the probe was launched.

At issue is a 2016 warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Service Court, or FISA. That warrant was used to initiate a wiretap against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, one of the early moves in a lengthy and wide-ranging investigation regarding Russia's activities in the 2016 presidential election.

U.S. Attorney John Durham announced on Monday that he objects in part to Department of Justice Inspector William Horowitz's findings that the probe was launched on solid ground.

"Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report's conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened," he said in a statement.


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