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By: Old Hickory Trojan



Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in testimony Wednesday stressed that his newly released report on the FBI’s initial Trump-Russia investigation does not “vindicate” anyone as he cited “failure” by the entire “chain of command” in the probe.

Horowitz called out “basic and fundamental errors” during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by its chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The tone of the testimony ran counter to much of the media coverage surrounding the report’s release that zeroed in on a core finding that investigators found no evidence of political bias and were indeed justified in launching the 2016 probe.

Horowitz reaffirmed that finding, touted by congressional Democrats eager to defend the probe, at Wednesday’s hearing. But his testimony as a whole was tough on the FBI’s actions — and clarified that his two-year review of the Russia probe’s origins and use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to surveil a Trump campaign aide did not close the book on the bias question either. Under questioning, Horowitz said he could not outright determine whether political bias was involved in the process of applying for a FISA warrant against former Trump adviser Carter Page.

 

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