No Smoking Gun in IG Report

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The DOJ Investigator General’s report is finally out. Many conservatives have been breathlessly waiting its release, as if it would contain some sort of bombshell showing what a bunch of lying dirtbags the democrats are. Of course we already knew the latter.

But at least some of us have been warning that IG Michael Horowitz’s report, may not be all that. Yet, still many on the right treated its arrival with the same breathless anticipation as do the dems with every subsequent impeachment claim. “We got-um this time!”

Well, knowing that IG Horowitz may not be a total swamp-rat, he is a tad swampy, we should reasonable not have expected more. I mean, he was appointed to the IG post at Justice by Obama and had worked as assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

I’m not saying that it’s a 476 page giant nothing-burger, but conservatives and AG Bill Barr are already kind of calling it out.

from the Blaze:

IG report notes serious problems in FISA warrant process — but no evidence of ‘political bias’ — in origins of FBI Trump-Russia probe

Another investigator has already disagreed with his conclusion

After months of anticipation, the Department of Justice Inspector General’s office released its report on its investigation into the origin of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016.

In short, the 476-page document report says that Horowitz’s team did not find evidence of political bias in the decision to open investigations into the Trump campaign, but did find some serious problems with how FBI personnel went about obtaining warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, also known as FISA, in the process of conducting the investigation.

Here are some of the report’s findings:

  • It says that the decision to open the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign — codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane” — was ultimately made by former FBI counterintelligence official Bill Priestap and that investigators “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced his decision.”
  • Investigators also did not find “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions” to open the four subsequent individual investigations into former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Mike Flynn or former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort back in 2016.
  • The investigation did, however, find that employees of the FBI “fell far short” of a bureau policy that requires they “ensure that all factual statements in a FISA application are ‘scrupulously accurate.'” In fact, inspectors found “numerous serious factual errors and omissions in the applications.”

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Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).