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AG Barr Rejects Watchdog's Finding

AG Barr Rejects Watchdog's Finding
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Monday, 09 December 2019 01:25 PM

Attorney General Barr rejected Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report backing the opening of Russia inquiry, calling the probe "intrusive."

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote in his report the FBI did not act with political bias, despite "serious performance failures" within the agency in opening its investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign.

But Barr said the report showed that the FBI opened an "intrusive" investigation "on the thinnest of suspicions," and that there was an “insufficient” basis to justify steps taken in the probe. 

“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,” Barr said.

Horowitz' document identified 17 "significant inaccuracies or omissions" in FBI applications for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and subsequent warrant renewals.

The errors, Horowitz said, resulted in "applications that made it appear that the information supporting probable cause was stronger than was actually the case."

Democrats quickly jumped on Barr's comments. 

"Barr’s decision to question the report in the media says a lot about Attorney General Barr," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., per a report in The Hill. "The Inspector General is an important defender against political influence over law enforcement—a regrettable tendency under Attorney General Barr." 

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said Barr's "first instinct is to protect" Trump. 
"Barr deliberately deceived the public about the Mueller report, and he’s deceiving the public again by ignoring the IG’s finding that opening the Trump/Russia investigation was justified," she tweeted

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