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Watchdog “Basic and fundamental errors” in Russia probe

Watchdog: "Basic and fundamental errors" in Russia probe

While the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) report may have debunked the conspiracy theories that the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation was motivated by political bias against the candidate, it also laid out a number of "fundamental errors" and glaring procedural oversights committed by the bureau in its investigation of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The IG did conclude that there were significant errors in the way that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought warrants for electronic surveillance of a former Trump campaign official, Carter Page.

Horowitz concluded that the FBI's senior management had enough knowledge of the situation that it "should have resulted in questions being raised regarding the reliability of the Steele reporting and the probable cause supporting the FISA applications, but did not". "But that aside, given the serious and powerful nature of this surveillance authority, these types of errors can not be countenanced and reforms need to be implemented to minimize them from happening again", he said.

Horowitz said the investigation is complicated and indicated it involves leaks to more people than just Giuliani, who is now President Donald Trump's lawyer.

Those problems were especially alarming because the warrant to monitor Page "related so closely to an ongoing presidential campaign" and "even though those involved with the investigation knew that their actions were likely to be subjected to close scrutiny".

The inspector general said he was surprised when Durham issued a statement saying he did not agree with some of Horowitz's conclusions.

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The notes [taken by McCabe in July 2016] do not provide any further details about what Obama said regarding defensive briefings, and McCabe told us he did not recall that any further details were provided to him.

But after hours of testimony and hundreds of pages, it is clear rampant misconduct repeatedly occurred against Trump campaign official Carter Page.

That was a "pretext", Horowitz said, to collect information that might be relevant for the investigation.

Comey told us that he received no requests from the White House to investigate members of the Trump campaign or inquiries about whether the campaign was involved with the efforts by the Russians to interfere in the 2016 USA elections. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, and Ranking Member Sen.

"We also identified what we believe is an absence of sufficient policies to ensure appropriate department oversight of significant investigative decisions that could affect constitutionally protected activity", said Horowitz, whose opening statement was released publicly before he testified. The FBI said that, going forward, briefings will be "solely meant to provide candidates" with relevant information and that FBI briefers will not be associated with any ongoing FBI investigation.

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That comment seemed to refer to a finding in the report that there were significant "omissions" in the FBI's application for a wiretap of Carter Page, a Trump campaign official .


The committee chairman, Republican senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, said: "What happened here is the system failed".

"When Comey speaks about FISA, you shouldn't listen", Graham said.

Last month, he said during an appearance on the "Fox & Friends" television program that the IG report would reveal "the biggest scandal in the history of our country", showing that the purported attempt to prevent him from winning the 2016 election reached the highest levels of the Obama administration.

The top Democrat on the panel, Sen.

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