December 9, 2019 — As responses roll in to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings, we shall attempt to keep you abreast of any developments of note.
The following is a re-post of an article taken directly from the official Twitter account of the U.S. Attorney General William Barr and published today, in Dan Abrams’ Law and Crime It may be found here.
The Inspector General’s Report may be read in its entirety here, directly from the United States Department of Justice.
The long-awaited report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz was released as expected on Monday. Also as expected, the 400-page report said that the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation ultimately had a proper and legal factual basis — despite numerous procedural shortcomings at the bureau, and despite a criminal referral related to low-level ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s alleged alteration of an email used in an application to surveil former Trump adviser Carter Page.
The bottom line: it’s a mixed bag and there was some strong scolding of the FBI’s failures–’We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked investigative teams…’–but the Horowitz report doesn’t support conspiracy theories President Donald Trump and his supporters have pushed about a politically-motivated coup at the FBI to topple this presidency.Nonetheless, both Attorney General William Barr and John Durham, the U.S. Attorney that Barr tasked to investigate the origins of the Mueller Probe, released statements disagreeing with some of Horowitz’s findings.
‘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,’ Barr said. ‘It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.’
Then came the Durham statement.
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,’ Durham said. ‘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.
“The FBI sent an agent directly to spy on Donald J. Trump.” – Greg Jarrett, The Sean Hannity Show, Fox News Radio, December 9, 2019, 4:50p.m. EST
” There were seventeen (17) specific errors, inaccuracies and omissions identified in the official report by the Department of Justice regarding ‘Operation Crossfire Hurricane.’ ” – Sean Hannity, Fox News Radio, December 9, 2019, 5:55 p.m. EST