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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Justice Department inspector general revealed Tuesday that he found errors in every FBI application to a secret surveillance court his office examined as part of an ongoing review -- suggesting the problems exposed in the bureau's probe of President Trump's 2016 campaign extend far beyond that case alone.

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The memorandum issued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz stems from an audit launched last year after his office found 17 serious problems with the FBI's surveillance applications targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The interim results of that audit suggest that the problems that plagued the Page investigation may exist in other counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases. The memorandum may buttress some of the criticism that Trump and his supporters have leveled at the FBI, but the findings also suggest that, rather than political motives, the issues at the agency may be broader institutional weaknesses.

The notion that the FBI is and was some leftish cult of anti-Trump bias is laughable. LEO as a broad entity has always been ultraconservative and every criminal alive will tell you that in their opinion LEO always assumes guilt over innocence.

The FBI systemically will tilt the scales in the favor of allowing LEO more opportunities to gather evidence as it regards potential threats to national security. 9/11 only cemented the notion that any single evidentiary thread left unpulled may lead to catastrophic damage to our society. The Trump campaign and its minions cavorting with Russians and their cut outs presented a unique problem to the FBI that they had never encountered before. No prior major US presidential campaign ever interacted repeatedly with a hostile foreign government even after being warned to report such contacts to the FBI.

What the FBI did was absolutely wrong, but obviously not politically motivated. Their actions were motivated by trying to identify potential seditious behavior that might have been criminal, actions that were being done by specific political operatives.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-31 12:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This isn't a surprise.

I wouldn't be shocked if it turns out the Page/FISA findings were their "good behavior" because of the sensitivity of the subject and likelihood of it being investigated.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-31 01:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When I read the IG report, I had wondered whether the issues found were more widespread than just relating to the Russian interaction with the Trump campaign and officials.


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 01:48 PM | Reply

Well duh.

This extends to nearly every police department I've worked with as well.

People investigating, knowingly or unknowingly, engage in tactics like cardstacking or dismissing negative facts as unimportant via cognitive dissonance constantly. There isn't a really good way around it.

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-03-31 02:19 PM | Reply

#3 | Posted by LampLighter

I didn't wonder having seen them in action. I figured like JPW they were "good" behavior if anything. Virtually all LEO tilt the scales there way when given an opportunity. If you have ever dealt with them you know it. They are human and most have a warped sense of people. Warped from dealing with the bad guys all too often but also probably not all that wrong in too many cases such as the Trump investigation.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-31 03:29 PM | Reply

Interesting that the card-stacking of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was strongly in her favor.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-31 04:41 PM | Reply

Interesting that the card-stacking of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was strongly in her favor.

I'll be sure and let President Hillary Clinton know of your concerns..................

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-31 04:51 PM | Reply

#7 What does that have to do with anything?

Crossfire Hurricane was launched during campaign season. The Hillary email investigation took place during the same time period. The contrasts between how the 2 investigations (especially considering Hillary's was a criminal investigation whereas Trump's was a counter-intelligence investigation) are incredibly stark.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-31 04:56 PM | Reply

#8

You can stop beating that horse, it's been dead and buried for years now. The career DOJ were not going to prosecute Hillary with the evidence they were given. There was no criminal intent and the US government suffered no harm. While it's not an absolution, it's the truth. It's highly unlikely that any DC grand jury would have brought an indictment based on the evidence and circumstances.

This story has been written and told to the point of exhaustion. Why continue to bring it up while leaving out the most important part? The DOJ determines prosecution, NOT the FBI investigators.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-31 05:05 PM | Reply

There was no criminal intent

The statute she violated doesn't address intent. She was grossly negligent.

and the US government suffered no harm.

We have no way of knowing that.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-31 06:07 PM | Reply

Trump admin staff are using private email systems now. Why no investigation? Why no outrage?

#11 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-31 06:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#6 ... the card-stacking of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was strongly in her favor. ...

Really?

Mr Comey's announcement just before Election Day was strongly in favor of MS Clinton?

Can I have some of what you are smoking?

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 10:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Lamp,

I'm talking about how the 2 investigations were carried out. Not sure if you followed it. I did. Very closely. The night and day differences were staggering.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-31 10:12 PM | Reply

@#13 ... I'm talking about how the 2 investigations were carried out. Not sure if you followed it. I did. ...

I did also.

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 10:42 PM | Reply

The statute she violated doesn't address intent. She was grossly negligent.
#10 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

But they also never prosecute it without intent...or they would be prosecuting a whole bunch of people left and right.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 06:14 PM | Reply

Crossfire Hurricane was launched during campaign season. The Hillary email investigation took place during the same time period. The contrasts between how the 2 investigations (especially considering Hillary's was a criminal investigation whereas Trump's was a counter-intelligence investigation) are incredibly stark.

#8 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Trump's investigation was only counter-intelligence and not criminal?

Oh boy, you really have been smoking something.

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 06:15 PM | Reply

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