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The Justice Department's Inspector General has issued a report that finds 'significant inaccuracies and omissions' in FBI surveillance warrants at the start of the Russia probe – but uncovered no evidence of political bias by the agents who carried it out.
The deep-dive look at the opening of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation found that it was not initial authorized by agents who were hostile to the president or acting out of bias.
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The initial probe was authorized by career FBI lawyer Bill Prestap in consultation with top FBI officials. 'We concluded that Priestap's exercise of discretion in opening the investigation was in compliance with Department and FBI policies, and we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced his decision,' according to the IG.
'We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open the four individual investigations' IG Michael Horowitz concluded.
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However the IG did find 'significant inaccuracies and omissions' in the applications to get surveillance warrants on former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter page.
What was lacking was information that would corroborate information contained in the infamous Golden Showers Dossier authored by ex British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
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'We found that the FBI did not have information corroborating the specific allegations against Carter Page in Steele's reporting when it relied upon his reports in the first FISA application or subsequent renewal applications,' the IG found.
The IG defended the use of information provided by Steele, noting that the government often relies on information from people who may have a political bias or even from terrorists during the course of investigations.
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The fact that Steele was conducting paid opposition research on behalf of Fusion GPS 'did not require the FBI, under either DOJ or FBI policy, to ignore his reporting,'...
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