So, the DoJ Inspector General’s report on “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation” dropped on Monday while the dhimmocrats, having moved from the shiff show to the nadless non-hearings continued to move forward on impeachment. I’m withholding judgment and commentary on the IG’s report until I have read the full report (as the bombshells in previous reports were buried in the body and footnotes and often were completely contrary to the Executive Summary).
I do note with great interest two immediate responses to the IG report and findings:
By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse
U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr releases the following statement after the release of a 21-month investigative report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz:
“Nothing is more important than the credibility and integrity of the FBI and the Department of Justice. That is why we must hold our investigators and prosecutors to the highest ethical and professional standards. The Inspector General’s investigation has provided critical transparency and accountability, and his work is a credit to the Department of Justice. I would like to thank the Inspector General and his team.
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. While most of the misconduct identified by the Inspector General was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.
So, per the Attorney General of the United States based on the investigation of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, FISA Abuse is factually established. Note that his fully vindicates the Nunes Report and fully repudiates the schiff report. The second response holds the threat of consequences.
By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse
U.S. Attorney John Durham is currently doing a criminal investigation into how the intelligence community, CIA, ODNI and DOJ/FBI originated the investigation of candidate Donald Trump. U.S. Attorney Durham does not agree with the conclusions presented by Inspector General Horowitz:
“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department.
Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, 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.”(link)
The Inspector General of the Department of Justice is only able to compel the testimony of current employees of the Department. U. S. Attorney John Durham, in the course of his investigation, has much broader powers of compulsion.
And now for some public accounting:
Happy Receipt Day: Here’s a Reminder of the ‘Conservatives’ Who Insisted FISA Abuse Was a Conspiracy Theory
By Bonchie, RedState
With the release of the IG report on the Trump-Russia investigation, and despite the media’s best efforts, much has been exposed showing misconduct at the FBI. The Carter Page FISA warrant was fraudulently garnered, using unverified information, doctored evidence, and outright lying to the court. With that news comes the reminder that a lot of establishment “conservatives” trashed Devin Nunes and white-knighted for Adam Schiff last year when the House released dueling reports on the matter.
Now that we know Nunes was largely correct and Schiff was blatantly lying in his rebuttal, it’s worth taking a look back. Thanks to Sean for finding and bumping these old tweets because they are very informative. I won’t comment on each one, but simply let what’s there do the talking.
In any sane world Adam Schiff would have failed of re-election. Let the mockery continue.