See the Full DOJ Report On Russia Probe as released on Tuesday
Peter Strzok, a former top FBI agent, didn’t play a role in opening the Russia probe
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The release on Tuesday of a long-awaited watchdog report threw plenty of bones to partisans on both sides of the aisle.
While the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, ripped the FBI‘s handling of applications for surveillance warrants on members of the Trump campaign, he also determined that the years long investigation into whether President Donald Trump or members of his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in his election had not been tainted by political bias and was adequately predicated.
It also debunked a number of conspiracy theories advanced by the president or his allies over the last several years.
Here are some of the top claims refuted by Horowitz‘s report.
Horowitz faulted investigators for various aspects of their use of the so-called Steele dossier, including relying too heavily on it for warrants for surveillance applications when concerns had been raised about its validity and its source of funding.
Horowitz refuted the claims propagated by Trump that the Russia investigation had its roots in the unverified, salacious allegations in the dossier.
The FBI began its investigation at the end of July 2016, based on a tip it received days before about a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, from a foreign ally.
Steele’s reporting for what became the dossier began prior to the opening of the Russia probe, Horowitz found that the team of investigators at the FBI “did not become aware of Steele‘s election reporting” until weeks after the investigation had already begun, concluding that the dossier “played no role” in the probe being opened
Trump has repeatedly attacked Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer, and Peter Strzok, a former top FBI agent, who were both removed from the Russia investigation after text messages uncovered between the two showed “hostility“ toward Trump during his candidacy.
The president and his supporters have long pointed to Page and Strzok as evidence of a “deep state” apparatus and proof of political bias at the heart of the investigation into his candidacy.
But the inspector general’s report determined that in Page‘s case, while she attended several discussions regarding the launch of the Russia probe, she had no role in its opening.
Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz has said He expects more information about the Russian probe and the involvement of Barack Obama in the 2016 elections.
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