• About That Horowitz Report: AG Barr, U.S. Attorney Durham Challenge Conclusions

    Surge Summary: The Justice Department’s IG report claims no evidence of intentional conduct by FBI in their spying on the Trump campaign. Attorney General William Barr, however, and U.S. Attorney John Durham take exception with some of those findings.

    by Gary Bauer

    The Horowitz Report

    Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has finally released his report on potential FBI spying against the Trump campaign and abuse of the secret FISA courts.

    Fox News was quick to report that Horowitz and his investigators found no evidence of “intentional misconduct or political bias” in the FBI’s efforts to seek a warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  And that’s probably all you will hear from most media outlets today.

    Nevertheless, the report documents more than a dozen “basic, fundamental and serious errors” in the FBI’s FISA warrant applications against Page.  Moreover, Horowitz indicates that his office is so concerned that it is now launching a new audit of the entire FISA warrant process.  Something is clearly very wrong at the FBI.

    It’s been widely reported that Attorney General William Barr is frustrated with some of Horowitz’s conclusions.  (See next item.)  Once again, the inspector general has been unable to find bias when it is staring him in the face.

    There is not enough space in this report to recount every known example of FBI bias against President Trump.  But the notion that the inspector general can review Peter Strzok’s texts and not find evidence of bias just doesn’t pass the straight face test.

    In fact, Horowitz himself declared last year that he and his investigators “did not have confidence” that some of Strzok’s decisions were “free from bias.”  In other words, he couldn’t prove anything either way.

    And so it seems he’s come to a similar conclusion yet again — no evidence of bias but plenty of significant problems.  Well, I strongly suspect that political bias is the root cause for these problems.

    For example, in seeking a warrant to spy on Page, the FBI labeled him “an agent of a foreign power.” That accusation was essential to justify the warrant, but what was the basis for that accusation?  Page has never been charged with a crime because the accusation was bogus.

    The Horowitz report confirms that the FBI used what they knew was Clinton campaign-funded dirt sourced from Russians to obtain its warrant.  This isn’t just sloppy work.  It’s evidence of partisan corruption.

    Barr Responds

    Attorney General William Barr responded to the Horowitz report today.  In a statement, Barr declared:

    “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.  It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.
    “Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration.  In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source.  The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory.”

    For those of you not versed in legal jargon, it is critically important to note here that “exculpatory” evidence or facts means information that exonerates someone of guilt.  In other words, the attorney general of the United States just accused the FBI of hiding information that cleared Carter Page and Donald Trump!

    In addition, U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a separate criminal probe of the Deep State, released his own statement in which he declared:

    “Based on the evidence collected to date . . . last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

    In other words, Barr and Durham are not yet ready to clear the FBI of more serious wrongdoing.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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