Published: Thu, December 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Inspector General Horowitz ‘Surprised’ by John Durham’s Statement on FISA Report

Inspector General Horowitz ‘Surprised’ by John Durham’s Statement on FISA Report

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday faced tough questioning from lawmakers on both sides of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his almost 500-page report examining the origins of the Russian Federation investigation.

The internal watchdog for the Justice Department will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to testify about the findings of his report on the launch of the Russian Federation investigation during the 2016 presidential election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., holds up a copy of the "Steele Dossier" during a hearing with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, to look at the Inspector General's report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, meanwhile, promised to make reforms in light of the report.

Following the report's release, Barr and Durham both issued statements pushing back on its findings.

For years, Trump has ripped into former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for anti-Trump texts that he saw as proof that career government officials were out to get him.

According to the report, Lisa Page "did not play a role in the decision" to open the investigation or the related individual cases tied to Papadopoulos, Carter Page and fellow Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. They've lengthy pointed to texts amongst F.B.I. officers concerned within the investigation - uncovered by the inspector basic - that indicated anti-Trump sentiments as proof that the officers acted with bias. The latter gives the FBI more intrusive tools for an investigation.

But Republicans say the findings show the investigation was fatally flawed. Lots of the issues that Mr. Horowitz uncovered centered on investigators' use of the file as a part of the supplies submitted to the courtroom to point out that they had possible trigger to suspect that Mr. Web page was an agent of a worldwide energy.

Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the panel, took exception to Barr's efforts in media interviews this week to express disagreements with some of Horowitz's findings.

"I think it is an extraordinary thing when the most powerful law enforcement agency, maybe the world, is able to effectively intervene and influence a presidential election at the behest and with the cooperation of another political party", Hawley concluded.

It did, however, did find an improper handling of applications for surveillance warrants, such as Page's. Mr. Horowitz discovered 17 important errors or omissions of their software for the courtroom order and three renewals of it, in response to his voluminous report.

Barr said the evidence collected by the FBI in its pursuit of Page was "consistently exculpatory" and yet "the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump's administration".

"The report separately found some problems with respect to specific, and later in time, applications for FISA surveillance of Carter Page", Daskal told us.

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