IG Report finally released: Avoid Dems’ spin, read for yourself!

The long-anticipated report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog was released even as Democrats continued their impeachment hearings.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz’s review reportedly found no intentional misconduct during the investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign, but noted the FBI’s falsification of at least one document in the probe which was eventually taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The 400-page report’s release comes even as Attorney General Bill Barr’s separate internal investigation, being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, is ongoing and has reportedly become a criminal investigation. In a statement, Durham disagreed with “some of the report’s conclusions.”

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff,” Durham stated. “However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department.

Barr also reacted to the report:

The IG report focused in part of the surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page by the FBI in 2016 and 2017 after applying for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, claiming he was an “agent” of a foreign power. The allegation was based in part on information from British ex-spy Christopher Steele, though Page has refuted the accusations and has never been charged with any wrong-doing.

The FBI’s request made no mention of Steele’s connection as an employee of the company hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Horowitz’s report found at least 17 errors in the warrant applications by the FBI, questioning why investigators considered Steele a credible source.

Rep. Mark Meadows noted some of the flagged problems.

According to the inspector general, his team “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.”

Meadows slammed the “useless impeachment hearing” in a tweet warning about the “disturbing, significant FISA abuse” in the IG report.

The North Carolina Republican and staunch defender of the president noted after a briefing on the report that it was “every bit as bad as advertised.”

Ahead of the release of Horowitz’s report, Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the “day of reckoning” is finally here, adding that “the system is completely off the rails.”

“You really have to hate Trump to not be upset by what the Department of Justice and FBI did,” he said.

Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be hearing testimony from Horowitz Horowitz who has served as the DOJ’s inspector general since 2012, on Wednesday as he is set to appear before the panel.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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