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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The report outright debunks Trump's accusations that FBI senior officials engaged in a politically motivated scheme to damage his presidential prospects. But it also left enough breadcrumbs for Republicans to cry foul because of sloppy errors made in the applications to obtain secret wiretap warrants of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page through the FISA process.

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* The bottom line: "The 434-page report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found the FBI had an 'authorized purpose' when it initiated its investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, into the Trump campaign, and rejected the assertion that the case was opened out of political animus or that informants were used in violation of FBI rules."

* From the report: "This information provided the FBI with an articulable factual basis that, if true, reasonably indicated activity constituting either a federal crime or a threat to national security, or both, may have occurred or may be occurring," the report said.

* But: "As the probe went on and the FBI sought court approval to surveil a former campaign aide, officials repeatedly emphasized damaging information they heard about Trump associates, and played down exculpatory evidence they found, the report said. The bureau promptly indicated it would implement dozens of corrective measures in response to Horowitz's report and that disciplinary action remains a possibility.

Just the start: Attorney General Bill Barr, U.S. Attorney John Durham, Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Trump allies saw something more sinister.

* Barr, undercutting his own IG's findings, provided Trump allies with additional ammunition: "The inspector general's report now makes clear that the F.B.I. 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."

There's at least one Trump official who defended the FBI: its director, Christopher Wray.

* "I think it's important that the Inspector General found that in this particular instance the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization," Wray told ABC News's Pierre Thomas in an interview.

* Wray also debunked the conspiracy theory being pushed by lawmakers and the president that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election: "We have no information that indicates that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 presidential election."

* Wray also released a letter to the IG report stating he has "ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the Report's recommendations." (all emphasis author's)

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-10 07:02 AM | Reply

That didn't take long:

Trump lashes out at FBI director in wake of inspector general's report

"I don't know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn't the one given to me," Trump tweeted. "With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!"


#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-10 07:51 AM | Reply

With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!"

Donny Twoface strikes again.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-10 09:35 AM | Reply

Duh, they have to keep their narrative goingl

#4 | Posted by Pirate at 2019-12-10 01:18 PM | Reply

The Inspector General's Witch Hunt' Report: A Quick and Dirty Analysis
www.lawfareblog.com

...When you see folks crowing about errors in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications and the misconduct described in the inspector general's report released on Dec. 9, take a deep breath and try to remember the allegations that sparked this review of the Russia investigation. It wasn't that long ago. You can do it if you try. The allegations weren't about sloppy handling of a FISA application, serious though that issue undoubtedly is. They weren't even about an FBI lawyer altering an email.

They were about whether the FBI's Russia investigation was a malicious "WITCH HUNT!":

  • The president repeatedly accused FBI officials of "treason""and of plotting a coup.

  • Citing a text from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page, he declared that the Russia investigation was an "insurance policy" against his election"and that the texts between them revealed the deep political bias that drove the entire investigation.

  • The attorney general warned darkly of FBI "spying" on the Trump campaign and publicly questioned whether the Russia investigation was properly predicated.

  • A veritable industry arose suggesting that the investigation began earlier than the FBI acknowledged, an industry the attorney general personally helped cultivate.

  • The president suggested that his wires had been tapped, even as Devin Nunes insisted that the FBI was engaged in illegal surveillance of Carter Page.

  • We were assured of scandal related to the FBI's use of confidential informants, just as we were assured that the entire investigation was predicated on the "dossier" of Christopher Steele.

    Remember?

    Hundreds and hundreds of television hours and countless articles, each more breathless than the next, were devoted to propagating these claims, which were repeated so often that they have become truths for millions of Americans. Even though they were never true.

    On Dec. 9, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz declared in more than 450 pages that the "Witch Hunt" narrative was nonsense. Yes, the investigation had problems --- some of them serious.

    But the problems were not political in character.

    There was no effort to "get" candidate Trump.

    There was no "insurance policy."

    There was no coup.

    There was no treason.


  • #5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-10 01:30 PM | Reply

    Barr attacks Russia investigation as "completely baseless"
    www.axios.com

    ...Attorney General Bill Barr dismissed some of the findings of the Justice Department's inspector general report in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, saying he doesn't agree that there was "sufficient predication" to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and that the prosecutor he appointed will have the final say.
    "I think our nation was turned on its head for three years. I think based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press. And I think that there were gross abuses of FISA. And inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.

    "And the attorney general's primary responsibility is to protect against the abuse of the law enforcement and intelligence apparatus, and make sure that it doesn't play an improper role in our political life. That's my responsibility. And I'm going to carry it out."


    Why it matters: Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report concluded that while there were some serious missteps pertaining to the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the Russia investigation was adequately predicated and was not tainted by political bias.



    Sounds like AG Barr wants to keep on having investigations until he gets one that provides the conclusions he wants to see.

    I like his deflection to put blame for all that is wrong upon the press, and none of the blame on the occupant of the Oval Office.


    #6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-10 01:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

    Will somebody please just Alfa that beta already? FFS

    #7 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-12-10 02:28 PM | Reply

    Being honest is not going to win over any conservatives.

    but it won't win over any liberals either.

    #8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-12-10 02:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

    .Attorney General Bill Barr dismissed some of the findings of the Justice Department's inspector general report in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, saying he doesn't agree that there was "sufficient predication" to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and that the prosecutor he appointed will have the final say.
    "I think our nation was turned on its head for three years. I think based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press. And I think that there were gross abuses of FISA. And inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.
    "And the attorney general's primary responsibility is to protect against the abuse of the law enforcement and intelligence apparatus, and make sure that it doesn't play an improper role in our political life. That's my responsibility. And I'm going to carry it out."

    Why it matters: Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report concluded that while there were some serious missteps pertaining to the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the Russia investigation was adequately predicated and was not tainted by political bias.

    Sounds like AG Barr wants to keep on having investigations until he gets one that provides the conclusions he wants to see.
    I like his deflection to put blame for all that is wrong upon the press, and none of the blame on the occupant of the Oval Office.

    #6 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2019-12-10 01:46 PM | FLAG:

    Because that is the responsibility of the press and as far as the IG report saying there was no political bias his job was not to make that conclussion, his job was to conclude whether the FBI and CIA made mistakes in obtaining warrants, he found 17 mistakes. So two reasons for the mistakes, they were either grossly incompetant or they did it on purpose. If it was for the later it was political.

    #9 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-10 03:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

    "Because that is the responsibility of the press"

    LOL!!!

    The responsibility of the press is the same as any business:

    To make money for the Job Creators.

    First time in a Capitalist country, Fishpaw?

    #10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-10 03:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

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    #10 en.wikipedia.org

    #11 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-10 03:28 PM | Reply

    #11 Your link goes to the Fairness Doctrine:

    "The FCC eliminated the policy in 1987 and removed the rule that implemented the policy from theFederal Registerin August 2011."

    #12 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-10 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

    Barr and Trump can be pointing at a pile of cow dung and tell their cult members it's chocolate cake, and they'd all believe them. These people really are THAT stupid.

    #13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-10 03:34 PM | Reply

    #9 | Posted by fishpaw

    LOL

    See, if you just cover this up here....and move that over there....and stand on one leg while slight squinting like this...THE REPORT SAYS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT IT TO SAY!

    -fishdicks

    #14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-10 03:52 PM | Reply

    @#9 ... the IG report ... his job was to conclude whether the FBI and CIA made mistakes in obtaining warrants, ...

    I can see why you might want that to be the reason for the start of the IG investigation.

    Unfortunately, that is not the reason the investigation was started.

    #15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-10 04:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

    Repubicans have been jamming square pegs into round holes for decades now. There's really no upside to stopping now...

    #16 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-10 04:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

    I can see why you might want that to be the reason for the start of the IG investigation.
    Unfortunately, that is not the reason the investigation was started.
    #15 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2019-12-10 04:01 PM | FLAG:

    Right, it was started because the butt hurt dems needed to try and find an excuse why their crappy candidate lost. Just listen to Hillary already, last week it was Bernie Sanders, next week it will be a bunion.

    #17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-10 04:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

    #9 | Posted by fishpaw

    I am lol because if you have ever done Government paperwork or seen it filled out...

    But seriously. Omissions - easy to do. Inaccuracies - also easy to do. I do both of these every single day not consciously but because I am a human being. Word choice has a LOT to do with it and Americans are not precise with their words in general. In my experience even lawyers are unless it suits their purposes to be precise. I have seen how normal police write up warrants, the FBI may be a step above that but it doesn't mean it is political - just sloppy is most likely the case.

    #18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-12-10 04:39 PM | Reply

    Right, it was started because the butt hurt dems needed to try and find an excuse why their crappy candidate lost. Just listen to Hillary already, last week it was Bernie Sanders, next week it will be a bunion.

    #17 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

    Um, the butt hurt Repubicans, more specifically, the butthurt president of the US, started the investigation because his crimes and collusion keep getting exposed and he needs to point at someone or something other than himself before his daddy, Putin, gets mad at him.

    The Russia investigation started well before the election took place, it's not the Dem's fault that the Drumpf campaign kept showing up in the results.

    #19 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-10 04:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

    But seriously. Omissions - easy to do. Inaccuracies - also easy to do. I do both of these every single day not consciously but because I am a human being. Word choice has a LOT to do with it and Americans are not precise with their words in general. In my experience even lawyers are unless it suits their purposes to be precise. I have seen how normal police write up warrants, the FBI may be a step above that but it doesn't mean it is political - just sloppy is most likely the case.

    #18 | Posted by GalaxiePete

    But seriously 17 major lies in one request for a search warrant?

    #20 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-12-10 06:38 PM | Reply

    @#17 ... Right, it was started because the butt hurt dems needed to try and find an excuse why their crappy candidate lost. ....

    You should really read the report.

    Here's a hint, the IG report stated that no one was spying on the Trump campaign, even though Pres Trump (and AG Barr) stated that his campaign was being spied upon. Why would the IG report say that if it wasn't one of the things the IG was investigating?


    #21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-10 07:41 PM | Reply

    You should really read the report.

    Oh, you've stumbled upon a rare sighting of the spineless FishyPuss. It normally keeps to the nooner where more manly men like Wissy and Boazo can keep it sheltered from facts.

    FishyPuss doesn't read, it's brain is underdeveloped and oversaturated in Trumpublican talking points.

    Like most rightwing posters on the DR, you can forget about getting a response. If you do get a response you'll most likely regret engagement.

    Eberly says we should be nice to these morons. More and more I feel like Boaz should start his civil war and let the pieces fall where they may.

    #22 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-12-10 07:52 PM | Reply

    Only Trump -------- can see the "real" report by using their secret spy decoder rings(tm) brought to you by ovaltine

    #23 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-12-11 10:04 AM | Reply

    I got about 2 minutes of Rush Limpd--k exposure today and what the DR righties are parroting is straight up what he is saying. The whole of AmerRussia propaganda is building the case behind Barr's upside down world reading of the Horowitz report.

    I heard Rush use the phrase "drive by reporters" to describe CNN, and immediately cued into JeffJ's use of that phrase to describe JPW's "drive by blogging" in the comments the other day.

    So basically, we're fortunate to get the AmerRussia propaganda in the DR comments section so we can avoid having to listen to it on the actual propaganda stations. Filtered Nazis are easier to stomach.

    #24 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-11 01:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

    But seriously 17 major lies in one request for a search warrant?

    #20 | POSTED BY SNIPER

    I've noticed that every single wingnut on the DR has made the case that there were 17 "major lies" on the FISA request, and I have also noticed that pretty much anyone that says that has no idea what the actual 17 "major lies" are.

    Hey Snipey, wanna dazzle us with a bullet list of all the MAJOR LIES!!!!? I'm sure you can rattle them off the top of your head, LOL.

    #25 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-11 01:50 PM | Reply

    Come on Snippy! You think you have a bone. Let's see if there is any meat on it.

    #26 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-12-11 02:10 PM | Reply

    Um, the butt hurt Repubicans, more specifically, the butthurt president of the US, started the investigation because his crimes and collusion keep getting exposed and he needs to point at someone or something other than himself before his daddy, Putin, gets mad at him.
    The Russia investigation started well before the election took place, it's not the Dem's fault that the Drumpf campaign kept showing up in the results.

    #19 | POSTED BY CHUFFY AT 2019-12-10 04:53 PM | REPLY | FUNNY: 1

    Someone should have told Mueller, he obviously missed it.

    #27 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-11 03:38 PM | Reply

    Someone should have told Mueller, he obviously missed it.

    #27 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2019-12-11 03:38 PM | REPLY

    Republican Dictionary entry #48362

    Missed it - Found crimes but deferred to the Boss' policy of not indicting a seated president, highlighting them for prosecution when the president leaves (or is removed from) office

    #28 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-12-11 04:28 PM | Reply

    All the wingnuts on here are upset about FISA abuses, right? So what's the plan to fix them? I can get down with less surveillance and DHS leeway. That all started with Repubicans under Bush. Happy to clean up the process.

    #29 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-11 05:25 PM | Reply

    Hey. Any of you all catch that Horowitz testimony yesterday?

    #30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-12 10:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

    A thread of false statements from Adam Schiff's "response" FISA memo, from January 2018
    twitter.com

    All the wingnuts on here are upset about FISA abuses, right? So what's the plan to fix them?
    #29 | POSTED BY CHUFFY

    IMO They should execute the perps, as far up the chain of command as it goes, and it goes pretty far.

    #31 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-12 10:45 AM | Reply

    #28 | POSTED BY HATTER5183

    He found process crimes via the fruit of the poisonous tree.

    I guess you are all for cops planting evidence.

    IOW The means justify the ends.

    #32 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-12 10:46 AM | Reply

    IMO They should execute the perps, as far up the chain of command as it goes, and it goes pretty far.

    #31 | Posted by AndreaMackris at

    I'm sort of thinking that Trump drops dead of a heart attack before he gets that much power.

    #33 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 10:47 AM | Reply

    IOW The means justify the ends.

    #32 | Posted by AndreaMackris at

    Now, now. You lost your chance to claim the moral high ground a long, long time ago.

    I have to admit your act is cute, though.

    #34 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 10:48 AM | Reply

    But, ANDREA, since you DO seem to be having a fit of righteousness this morning, what's your moral stand on Trump stealing from American war veterans?

    If you'll give me your take then you'll be the first Trumpite to do so.

    #35 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 10:50 AM | Reply

    #34 | POSTED BY ZED A

    When? I have been correct since Feb 17. You thought you had the moral high ground by you were deceived by lies you want to believe to be true.

    #36 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-12 10:53 AM | Reply

    what's your moral stand on Trump stealing from American war veterans?

    Snopes a left wing site ...

    However, neither Trump, nor his children Ivanka and Eric, nor his foundation, were found to have "stolen" or kept any of the donations, and so none of them "admitted to" any such actions. The New York Supreme Court explicitly acknowledged that all the funds raised for veterans groups had ultimately reached veterans groups.
    www.snopes.com

    God I love winning ...

    #37 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-12 10:54 AM | Reply

    I will repeat this just so hopefully you can read it and repent.

    You thought you had the moral high ground but you were deceived by lies you want to believe to be true.

    #38 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-12 10:56 AM | Reply

    By Philip Hackney, associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

    Last week, Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Supreme Court ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million in restitution to charity after admitting to New York Attorney General Letitia James that he and his children had violated their fiduciary duties as officers and directors of the now-shuttered Donald J. Trump Foundation. As a result of that failure, charitable dollars " consistently and over many years " often benefited Trump rather than the causes the president has repeatedly claimed he supports.

    #39 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 11:05 AM | Reply

    'charitable dollars " consistently and over many years " often benefited Trump rather than the causes the president has repeatedly claimed he supports'

    Trump stole and kept stealing the money.

    #40 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 11:07 AM | Reply

    You want to keep going with this ANDREA, or do you want to treat us all to another Trumpian definition of theft?

    #41 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 11:07 AM | Reply

    God, you people lie when telling the truth would save your lives.

    #42 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 11:08 AM | Reply

    Again in your new spirit of righteousness, ANDREA----What's your take on Trump insulting Little Girl Greta because she got Person of the Year from Time Magazine and not him?

    #43 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-12 11:13 AM | Reply

    God I love winning ...

    #37 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

    Which is why you are losing. And will continue to lose.

    Oh sure Humpy wins here and there. Shall we all cheer when he loses? Like when the courts continue to rule against his abuses of power?

    No. We are sad. Because.

    It's not about winning. It's about the constitution and the fact that no man is above the law. You wish to allow the President to subvert the constitution and the will of Congress.

    We do not want to allow this President to continue to abuse the power of his office to manipulate our elections.

    I am sick And tire of it. But we have no choice now.

    He has to be impeached.

    Enjoy the show deployment (and quit whining)

    This is an awesome little Republic we got going here. If we can keep it.

    #44 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-12-12 11:59 AM | Reply

    You thought you had the moral high ground but you were deceived by lies you want to believe to be true.

    You mean like glossing over the president of the United States of America, under oath, admitting fraud and then paying a $2 million settlement, but still maintaining that it was Hillary Clinton whose Foundation was corrupt and breaking the law? Like that?

    #45 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-12 12:41 PM | Reply

    God I love Russia winning ...
    #37 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

    FIFY

    Winning to Cult 45 followers:

    Don McGahn court filing.
    Financial records ruling (part 1, part2...waiting for part3)
    Drumpf University
    Drumpf Foundation
    Manafort
    Papadopoulous
    Stone
    Cohen
    Flynn
    Van der Zwaan
    Gates
    Pinedo

    That's a lot of winning!

    #46 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-12 12:49 PM | Reply

    That's a lot of winning!

    #46 | POSTED BY CHUFFY

    Not to mention the revoking door at the White House.

    I bet all those appointees don't think they won.

    President Trump's "A Team" turnover is 80% as of Nov. 22, 2019

    33% of President Trump's "A Team" departures have undergone serial turnover as of Nov. 2, 2019

    #47 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-12-12 01:06 PM | Reply

    Drumpf's Russian handler, on the other hand, paid him a second visit on the day he was impeached. I wonder how his performance review went...

    #48 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-12-12 04:00 PM | Reply

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