DOJ Report Finds FBI Probe of Trump Campaign was Justified

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A long-awaited Department of Justice report on the FBI’s investigation of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign concludes that the work was justifiable and not motivated by political bias against the president.

The report asserts that the agency mishandled some of its formal applications to conduct an inquiry into connections between Russia and officials in the Trump campaign, but says the overall rationale for it was nonetheless justified.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he found enough problems with the FBI’s requests to a national security court that he is launching a separate inquiry into how the agency obtains warrants to surveil U.S. citizens.

Pundits said the report is not the smoking gun that Trump supporters hoped it would be.

Trump has long maintained that the FBI treated him unfairly during the 2016 presidential campaign and singled out such players as former Director James Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok in repeated Twitter attacks.

In an interview on Fox & Friends last month, Trump said he thought release of the report would lead to “perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country.”

In a statement released Monday, Attorney General William Barr took issue with the findings, saying, “The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI 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.”

The inspector general’s office said it examined more than 1 million documents from the Department of Justice and FBI and conducted over 170 interviews involving more than 100 witnesses as part of the investigation.

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General Confusion
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Pundits said the report is not the smoking gun that Trump supporters hoped it would be.” Article Who here would ever have guessed this? Ha ha ha ha! “The inspector general’s office said it examined more than 1 million documents from the Department of Justice and FBI and conducted over 170 interviews involving more than 100 witnesses as part of the investigation.” Article This won’t make a shred of difference to most in Cult-45. They will continue to believe whatever Dear Leader says and will continue spreading his misinformation long after King Donald The Loser stops spouting it himself. At… Read more »

Milissa Benson
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They didn’t even interview Carter Page. This is ridiculous.

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