Perhaps, the most remarkable thing about the findings in the Department of Justice inspector general’s report pertaining to misconduct by the FBI in relation to the FISA warrant process is how former President Barack Obama and his administration sail through the controversy unscathed.
It’s understood that the media still has a slobbering love affair with Obama, but what about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch? She oversaw the bureau as it committed “at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications,” as detailed in the IG report, to include doctoring an email to make Page, then an adviser to the Trump campaign, appear as a spy for Russia.
It’s almost as if the upper echelon of the Obama administration washed its hands of the FBI’s probe of Trump’s presidential campaign and former bureau director James Comey was conducting a rogue investigation.
Former Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray appeared on Fox Nation‘s “Deep Dive” to say he was “aghast to learn how little involved the [Obama] attorney general and the deputy attorney general of the United States” were in the investigation.
Ray said the information about a FISA application went to at least the chief of staff to the [then] attorney general of the United States and the deputy attorney general, which was Sally Yates, who he pointed out was “in the approval process” of the initial FISA application.
“And apparently there was no follow-up,” he said.
“I cannot believe that there is an investigation that would take you inside a presidential campaign and four people who were targeted within that campaign and that doesn’t require some kind of supervisory review and initiation beyond simply the inner-reaches of the FBI,” Ray said.
He added that he thinks DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz “was surprised to learn” this.
The four FBI targets included Page, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy said there’s a “big process problem” at the FBI that must be reformed, and that the report exposed a “shocking’ problem in reference to exculpatory evidence collected on Trump associates and disregarded.
“I think the thing that’s going to be shocking to people is [FBI officials] keep going back to the court repeatedly and they keep getting exculpatory evidence,” McCarthy said.
“This is the Justice Department equivalent in the military context of mission creep,” Ray noted. “In other words, once you become wedded to a course of conduct, ‘Don’t bother me with conflicting, exculpatory facts… we’re going to take ourselves inside the Trump campaign whether there’s hell to pay or not, because for national security reasons we need to get to the bottom of this.'”
“Which is why I say,” he concluded, “I do not understand for the life of me, whatever the department’s existing procedures were, something as sensitive as this should’ve warranted the personal direct involvement and supervision of the attorney general, the deputy attorney general of the United States and that did not happen here.”
If not Lynch’s immediate boss, former President Barack Obama.
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