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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse committed during the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.

The DOJ inspector general report shows investigators uncovered 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” involving three applications filed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It said such inaccuracies likely led to the bureau’s justification to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Read Horowitz’s opening statement below:

 

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These Reporters All Lied About the Steele Dossier, Carter Page, and FISA Warrants

After the report was released on the Russia collusion investigation, it has become clear that FISA requests were approved by judges based on the Steele dossier -- a report funded for and written by anti-Trump hacks. Over the last few years, however, many journalists denied this to be the case. Oh no, they said time and again, the Steele dossier wasn't (much of) the basis of the FISA request(s) to spy on former Trump adviser Carter Page at all. No sir.

Twitter-user @Techno_Fog was so kind as to collect tweets from those journalists about the matter. To start with: the Washington Post's Shane Harris. On January 12, 2018, Harris wrote: "I am telling you the dossier was not used as the basis for a FISA warrant on Carter Page.":snip:

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Lindsey Graham Goes After the Media, Explains What the Real Headlines of the FISA IG Report Should Be

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham did not hold back during his opening remarks at Wednesday's hearing with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. 

 

"Crossfire Hurricane was probably the best name ever given to an investigation in the history of investigations 'cause I think that's what we wound up with - a crossfire and a hurricane," Graham said.

Straight out of the gate, Graham chided the media for headlines that do not reflect the contents of conclusion of IG report on FISA abuse issued earlier this week. 

"There's been a lot of media reports about your report before it was issued. And I remember reading all these headlines, 'Lawful investigation with a few irregularities.' 'Everything okay, low level people kind of got off track. If that's what you get out of this report, you clearly didn't read it. If that's your take that this thing was lawfully predicated and that's the main point, you missed the entire report. How do you get a headline like that? That's what you want it to be. You want it to be that and nothing more. And I can assure you if this had been a Democratic president, going through what President Trump had gone through that would not have been the headline. The headline would be 'FBI takes the law into its own hands,' 'Biased agents cut corners, lie to court, ignore exoneration," Graham said. :snip:

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IG Horowitz: No One at FBI Is Vindicated, Including Comey

Elizabeth Matamoros

December 11, 2019

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz said Wednesday that his report does not vindicate anyone who signed off on the FISA application to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page, including former FBI director James Comey.

"I think the activities we found here don't vindicate anybody who touched this," Horowitz said during testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee.

Comey’s public claim of vindication drew the attention of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who asked Horowitz about it during the Committee's widely televised hearing. When Horowitz said there was no such vindication, noting "significant problems" with the FBI's actions, Graham concurred.

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