The Justice Department inspector general’s report rebuts a number of Trump-Russia assertions made by key players, including the news media, former FBI Director James B. Comey and Rep. Adam B. Schiff, a leading conspiracy proponent.
The Washington Times analyzed Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz’s 476-page history of Crossfire Hurricane, as the Russia probe was code-named, to compare his findings with public statements. His report focused on the FBI’s yearlong Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretap on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.
The lies were so bad that AG Barr himself had to set them straight. LISTEN:
You can read Barr’s official response to the IG Report here.
Here are some comparisons to note:
⦁ On Dec. 7, 2018, in closed-door House testimony, Mr. Comey adamantly denied to then-Rep. Trey Gowdy that Crossfire Hurricane targeted the Trump campaign from the start.
Mr. Gowdy: “Late July of 2016, the FBI did, in fact, open a counterintelligence investigation into, is it fair to say the Trump campaign or Donald Trump himself?”(Article Continues Below Advertisement)
Mr. Comey: “It’s not fair to say either of those things, in my recollection. We opened investigations on four Americans to see if there was any connection between those four Americans and the Russian interference effort. And those four Americans did not include the candidate.”
IG report: “The FBI opened Crossfire Hurricane as an umbrella counterintelligence investigation without identifying any specific subject or targets.”
A Crossfire team then was assembled and began to scrutinize the entire Trump campaign to see who might have had contacts with Russia. In August, they chose Mr. Page, George Papadopoulos, and campaign manager Paul Manafort. They later added retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, apparently because he had traveled to Moscow at one point to attend a dinner.
⦁ Mr. Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2017 that the FBI didn’t put the Trump campaign under surveillance.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “Do you stand by your House testimony of March 20 that there was no surveillance of the Trump campaign that you’re aware of?”
Mr. Comey: “Correct.”
Mr. Graham: “You would know about it if they were, is that correct?”
Mr. Comey: “I think so, yes.”
IG Report: Mr. Comey signed the first FISA warrant on Mr. Page in October 2016 after the target left the campaign. But FISA warrants are extremely intrusive. Agents can go back in time to look at all types of communications.
Sadly, many people will believe the nonsense coming from fake news media. If you get on Twitter, you can already see the leftists going insane thinking the IG Report exonerates the Obama FBI. Here are a handful of conspiracy theories pushed by the left:
My latest @OccupyDemocrats
That crashing sound you heard during the #ImpeachmentHearing today was the DOJ’s #IGReport revealing a stunning link between @IvankaTrump and Christopher Steele who wrote the Trump-Russia dossier.https://t.co/wos1keghpL
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) December 9, 2019
Bill Barr is LYING.
The #IGReport says nothing of the sort.
He is once again injecting his OWN spin, just like he did with the Mueller Report. He does NOT serve the American people. He serves trump.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 9, 2019
The #IGReport completely clears the FBI of any wrongdoing in their investigation into Trump, so get ready for Trump to call for an investigation into the investigator of the investigators who investigated him.
— St. Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 9, 2019
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