READ: DOJ IG Finds There Was Sufficient Evidence To Launch Russia Probe

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

Gregg Jarrett and Francey Hakes react.

The US Department of Justice inspector general's report concluded the law enforcement bureau had "authorised purpose" to initiate the inquiry.

The report also finds, however, that there were "significant inaccuracies and omissions" in the application to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, a finding that was surfaced in the media in recent days.

The IG probe identified at least 17 errors in the Page applications.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, pictured during a Senate Judiciary hearing in June, has released his office's report on the Russian Federation investigation. Critics have especially pointed to the fact that Steele compiled the dossier for a research company that was hired by lawyers who worked for Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Mr Horowitz's report found the FBI's use of confidential informants was in compliance with agency rules.

Since then, he has reviewed more than one million records and conducted more than 100 interviews.

While Horowitz's investigation was initially believed to be narrowly targeted in its review of the Page FISA application, it expanded over the past year and a half into a broader review of the conduct of senior FBI and Department of Justice officials in the early days of the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump and his Republican allies have long questioned the Justice Department's efforts to secure the surveillance warrants. "Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump's administration".

Neither Barr, Horowitz, nor Steele commented on the Times report.

Next, Horowitz is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning to answer questions about his probe.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been looking into early phases of the Russian Federation inquiry for several months following questions raised by President Trump, Attorney General William Barr and others about how it was conducted.

Ahead of the release, some of the people who worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time attempted to get ahead of the report to defend their actions.

The report said the surveillance of Page, which began in October 2016, did not spark the FBI's Russia investigation, which began in July 2016 after an Australian diplomat reported that a different Trump aide had learned from a Russian agent that the Russian government possessed thousands of Democrat emails. Clinton also was not charged in her case. McCabe has not been indicted.

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