IG excoriates FBI conduct in Russia probe, concludes FISA warrants misled court

JohnSolomonReports:

The FBI’s investigation into alleged Russia-Trump collusion was properly opened without political bias in 2016 but quickly devolved into “serious performance failures” that misled the courts about the flaws with the bureau’s evidence and its star informant Christopher Steele, the Justice Department’s chief watchdog concluded Monday.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz spared few words for the FBI and its chain of command as he concluded the bureau misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court with at least 17 errors and omissions that rendered each of four applications for surveillance warrants grossly inaccurate.

“Our review found that FBI personnel fell far short of the requirement in FBI policy that they ensure that all factual statements in a FISA application are ‘scrupulously accurate,’” Horowitz wrote. “We identified multiple instances in which factual assertions relied upon in the first FISA application were inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation, based upon information the FBI had in its possession at the time the application was filed.

Specifically, the IG found, FBI agents had not corroborated any of the allegations in Steele’s dossier before using his source information to support its first FISA warrant on Oct. 21, 2016 and even blew past concerns of a senior DOJ official about Steele’s political biases.

In subsequent applications to renew the FISA warrants in 2017, the FBI failed to inform the FISA judges that Steele’s main intelligence source had raised a stunning red flag by disavowing information attributed to that source, the report said.

The massive omission and false assertions in the FISA applications “made it appear that the information supporting probable cause was stronger than was actually the case,” the IG found. read more

9 Comments on IG excoriates FBI conduct in Russia probe, concludes FISA warrants misled court

  1. FBI agents/executives and DoJ personnel behaved unethically and illegally while behaving exactly like people who knew they were dirty AF leading innocent people into ruin (Flynn).

    Swamp Solution: Clarify procedures and key term definitions. Retrain key personnel.

    Thanks Horrorbitchz… We knew you’d come through… with nothing but a white wash.

    Why the fuck does Rod Rosenstein still have a fucking job?! Why the fuck is Strzok not under indictment right fucking now?!

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  2. Whitewash show for the useful idiots. Not a single recommendation for criminal charges. Blah blah blah.

    Hannity is making a big deal out of it. What a jerk. He’s part of the problem…more bread and circuses. Stand up and call it what it is Hannity – and insist on criminal charges, not this BS.

    Ooooo we’re so entertained. NOT!

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  3. All those miscreants (Mueller, Brennan, Clapper, Comey,…Rod…) were appointed/promoted by the degenerate elected 19 years ago. Liberal/leftist GOPe are worse than D they are in fact (as the reprobate Bush clearly proved – to those rich enough to TAKE OUT YOUR WALLETS AND PAY ATTENTION!) “Trojan Horses”!

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  4. time to shut down the FISA courts … according to Gregg Jarrett in ‘Witch Hunt’ “the FiSC approves roughly 99% of all … requests” & has only rejected 11 warrants in over 33,000 cases …. that’s 0.03%
    it’s just a farce, a ‘rubber stamp’ for ‘law’ agencies to wipe their feet all over the Constitution

    that monumentally arrogant asshole, James Comey, keeps saying ‘we were ordered by the court’ to spy on PDT … no shit-wipe, you asked the court for ‘permission’ to spy & they granted it

    PDT, Shut. It. Down.

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