Kimberley Strassel lays out ‘key findings’ in IG report: A ‘triumph’ for Nunes, an ‘excoriation’ of Schiff

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The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel believes Rep. Adam Schiff owes the country an “enormous apology.”

She spoke to “Fox & Friends” hosts about the release of the anticipated Justice Department inspector general report, noting that the contents spell “triumph” for Rep. Devin Nunes and trouble for his Democrat colleague, Schiff.

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Strassel explained that it was Nunes who, in early 2018 was heading the House Intelligence Committee, raised the alarm over the issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on former Trump campaign official, Carter Page.

The Fox News contributor noted that Nunes’ “explosive revelations” should have “provoked a bipartisan outrage” but was downplayed by Schiff. The report released by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Monday now clearly showed that there were at least 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the Page FISA applications.

Strassel laid out the key findings of the report in a Twitter thread as well.

Strassel noted that even though Schiff had access to same documents as Nunes, he “chose to misinform the public.”

Strassel was asked about Schiff obtaining phone records from President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted associate Lev Parnas. Conversations with Nunes and journalists were also revealed in the logs.

The author called out Schiff for the “bad faith move,” citing the legal perspective of the Democrat lawmaker asking a phone carrier for records as well as the “bad precedent” that he set in doing so.

“This is, as far as I know, the first time you have the head of an Intelligence Committee using the powers of Congress to spy on a fellow member,” she said. “If that’s the standard we’re going to have going forward, you think politics is ugly now, watch where this goes.”

In her continuing Twitter thread, Strassel noted the “highly convenient” issue of people at the FBI not remembering “anything about anything.”

She also explained the IG report’s finding of “no political bias” in the launching of the investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign.

“He laid out all the facts,” Strassel told “Fox & Friends,” explaining that the “fact pattern” makes it clear this was a “deliberate attempt by the FBI to abuse its powers” in going after the president.

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