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FBI Director Christopher Wray offered mixed reactions to a Justice Department watchdog report that uncovered "serious performance failures" on the part of agents involved in the Russia investigation but ultimately determined the bureau was justified in launching its probe.
In an exclusive broadcast interview with ABC News, Wray lamented "actions described in this report that [he] considered unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution." But, he said it was "important that the inspector general found that, in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization."
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FBI Director Christopher Wray arrives for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental... moreFBI Director Christopher Wray arrives for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled Threats to the Homeland, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 5, 2019.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Monday released his 478-page report chronicling the circumstances surrounding the FBI's surveillance of members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, including Carter Page, who had lived and worked in Russia. In his report, Horowitz asserted that the FBI decision to surveil Page was legal.
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“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI's decision to seek [surveillance] on Carter Page,” Horowitz wrote.
But the president and his allies have called it "a major SPY scandal" and accused those involved of working on behalf of the "Deep State."
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Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!
Wray did not respond directly to the president, but pushed back on the "Deep State" characterization of the bureau's work.
"I think that's the kind of...
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