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Washington DC and The Holy Land>The IG report on FISA has dropped. Here's the link to a PDF version
Just Passin' By 12:09 PM 12-09-2019
https://www.justice.gov/storage/120919-examination.pdf
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Discuss Thrower 12:11 PM 12-09-2019
Nothingburger.
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FD 12:13 PM 12-09-2019
I assume this will confirm that Obama personally directed an illegal and extensive spying operation on the highest levels of the Trump campaign, as I've been hearing from the RW posters on here for years now.
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BucEyedPea 12:15 PM 12-09-2019
Meanwhile, John Durham has already started a Grand Jury.
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Donger 12:15 PM 12-09-2019
Inspector General: Start of FBI Russia probe was legally justified — but cites significant errors in surveillance warrants

The Justice Department's inspector general found that the FBI properly opened its investigation into Russian election interference but that four surveillance warrants targeting a former Trump campaign adviser were riddled with "significant inaccuracies and omissions."

The report from Michael Horowitz, inspector general, released today didn't find "documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions" to open investigations that initially focused on campaign advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman.

While rebutting President Trump's claims that the FBI illegally spied on his campaign, Horowitz's 435-page report provides new details of numerous interactions between FBI confidential informants and Page, Papadopoulos and at least one high-ranking Trump campaign official who wasn't under investigation. Those interactions are likely to fuel criticism from Trump and his allies about the FBI's activities, which Horowitz found were done according to the FBI's current rules.

The report criticized the FBI leaders and employees for how they handled four applications for surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act targeting Page. The watchdog report said the FBI omitted key facts, including that Page was a source for another U.S. government agency, and additional information that would have undercut the evidence used to support the application for surveillance. Little of value came from the initial Page surveillance, but the the FBI continued it and didn't update applications for subsequent warrants.

The FBI also failed to adequately show weaknesses in the raw information provided by Christopher Steele.
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Ninerfan11 12:15 PM 12-09-2019
Originally Posted by Discuss Thrower:
Nothingburger.
There's way more meat than Russia hoax and Shampeachment.
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Donger 12:17 PM 12-09-2019
Barr:

Nothing is more important than the credibility and integrity of the FBI and the Department of Justice. That is why we must hold our investigators and prosecutors to the highest ethical and professional standards. The Inspector General’s investigation has provided critical transparency and accountability, and his work is a credit to the Department of Justice. I would like to thank the Inspector General and his team.

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. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory. While most of the misconduct identified by the Inspector General was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.

FISA is an essential tool for the protection of the safety of the American people. The Department of Justice and the FBI are committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to rectify the abuses that occurred and to ensure the integrity of the FISA process going forward.

No one is more dismayed about the handling of these FISA applications than Director Wray. I have full confidence in Director Wray and his team at the FBI, as well as the thousands of dedicated line agents who work tirelessly to protect our country. I thank the Director for the comprehensive set of proposed reforms he is announcing today, and I look forward to working with him to implement these and any other appropriate measures.

With respect to DOJ personnel discussed in the report, the Department will follow all appropriate processes and procedures, including as to any potential disciplinary action.
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Marcellus 12:18 PM 12-09-2019
Just what I predicted. "errors, mistakes, omission etc..." but "warranted" etc...

Crock of shit ass covering which is what Barr has basically stated.
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Just Passin' By 12:19 PM 12-09-2019
Originally Posted by FD:
I assume this will confirm that Obama personally directed an illegal and extensive spying operation on the highest levels of the Trump campaign, as I've been hearing from the RW posters on here for years now.
I don't know which specific people you are referring to, but most people on the right have been expecting it to be a whitewashing sort of tap dance, just as the other DOJ investigations have been, to date.
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Donger 12:19 PM 12-09-2019
Originally Posted by Marcellus:
Just what I predicted. "errors, mistakes, omission etc..." but "warranted" etc...

Crock of shit ass covering which is what Barr has basically stated.
So you do not accept the conclusions of the IG report?
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Donger 12:21 PM 12-09-2019
https://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/show...&postcount=228

The IG report, and Durham’s investigation are gonna put your theories to sleep for good, Dong... the whole filthy cabal will be decimated, eviscerated

:-)
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FD 12:21 PM 12-09-2019
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
I don't know which specific people you are referring to, but most people on the right have been expecting it to be a whitewashing sort of tap dance, just as the other DOJ investigations have been, to date.
What is "whitewashing" in this case? Do you mean that the IG has committed massive fraud by covering up the serious crimes that Obama, Comey, McCabe, Steele, etc have been accused of?
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Marcellus 12:22 PM 12-09-2019
Originally Posted by Donger:
So you do not accept the conclusions of the IG report?
I agree with Barr. Do you not agree the FISA warrants were obtained unethically?
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Donger 12:22 PM 12-09-2019
Originally Posted by FD:
What is "whitewashing" in this case? Do you mean that the IG has committed massive fraud by covering up the serious crimes that Obama, Comey, McCabe, Steele, etc have been accused of?
TREASON!
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Donger 12:24 PM 12-09-2019
Originally Posted by Marcellus:
I agree with Barr. Do you not agree the FISA warrants were obtained unethically?
Barr stated that?
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