U.S. Attorney John Durham released a statement today stating that he disagrees with conclusions in the DOJ Inspector General’s FISA report.
“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 his statement.
“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,” writes Durham. “However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.”
U.S. attorney John Durham releases a statement saying his office does "not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” pic.twitter.com/67CcCULyDt
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 9, 2019
The Inspector General’s FISA report was released earlier today and, according to Fox News, “…investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding efforts to launch that 2016 probe and to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the investigation. Still, it found that there were “significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised.”
The IG report identified 17 “significant inaccuracies or omissions” in applications for FISA warrants. Those inaccuracies resulted in “applications that made it appear that the information supporting probable cause was stronger than was actually the case.”
Let’s see the media hacks spin this disaster: The Crossfire Hurricane team failed to inform the DOJ of “significant information”, much of which “was inconsistent with, or undercut” it’s FISA application assertions.
Have fun media hacks, snap to it!
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) December 9, 2019
Durham was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to examine the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation and allegations of FBI/DOJ misconduct. It was recently revealed that his probe expanded to the Pentagon.
Attorney General Barr released a statement today and slammed the FBI for launching its “intrusive” investigation into the Trump campaign based on “the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken…”
Barr continued, “In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted crucial and exculpatory facts from their findings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory.”
Statement from U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr:
"The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken… pic.twitter.com/xVNfOJxzCP
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 9, 2019