There are numerous false narratives circulating in the nation’s capital, but the recent inspector general’s report about Obama-era misdeeds by the FBI and DOJ is not one of them.
After impartial Inspector General Michael Horowitz laid out his findings of spying on Trump campaign officials during the run-up to the 2016 election and beyond, everyday people ought to be perilously concerned about Deep State government operatives ability to target American citizens and an opposition party.
“Any federal agency or person who abuses their power of government, whether it’s a law enforcement official or a member of Congress, if you abuse your power to carry out your own political agenda, there ought to be consequences to it,” Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise said. “The IG laid out 17 different abuses of the FISA court process, and even recommended some of that be looked into further by the attorney general, and I hope the attorney general does. Anybody who abused it ought to be held accountable, and that means some people should go to jail from what I’ve seen, and hopefully, you see that come out of the (John) Durham criminal investigation.”
While House Democrats are strategically taking up as much Washington, D.C., oxygen as possible with the ridiculous impeachment inquiry hearings, the IG report showcases 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” employed by the FBI to secure a secretive warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to wiretap former Trump Campaign official Carter Page. Although IG Horowitz asserts that the FBI and DOJ officials may have had probable cause to make an initial sweep of Page, the evidence quickly disintegrated.
The primary piece used to surveil Page was the now-infamous political attack dossier created by anti-Trump spy Christopher Steele and paid for by the Hillary campaign. As the IG reportedly states, “the surveillance of Carter Page continued even as the FBI gathered information that weakened the assessment of probable cause.” In laymen’s terms, Deep State Democrats in the FBI and DOJ were well aware that the dossier was without merit. Portions were easily discredited, while other parts were never verified as factual. The FBI and DOJ broke away from long-standing methods and procedures because they wanted to undermine President Donald Trump.
“From day one — remember, they said, okay, we’re not going to talk to the campaign. We’re going to put people in there, rile them up and have conversations with people involved in the campaign because that way, we’ll get the truth. From the very first day of this investigation, which is July 31st, 2016, all the way to its end, September 2017, there was not one incriminatory bit of evidence to come in,” U.S. Attorney General William Bar said of the IG report. “The people with the tapings denied it with Russia, denied the specific facts that the FBI was relying on. So, what happens? The FBI ignores it, presses ahead, withholds that information from the court, withholds critical exculpatory information from the court while it gets an electronic surveillance warrant. It also withholds from the court clear cut evidence that the dossier that they ultimately relied on to get the FISA warrant was a complete sham.”
Although IG Horowitz attempted to straddle the political middle ground in recent Senate hearings, he did go as far as to say that FISA warrant policies and practices are overdue for reform. That’s because DOJ officials reportedly doctored evidence to keep wiretapping Pres. Trump and his inner circle long after the 2016 elections. Partisan Obama-Democrats went as far as to add knowingly false information and support debunked aspects of the surveillance application as accurate. In short, a small group of partisan Democrat bureaucrats repeated scammed a federal judge in an attempt to target the Trump Administration.
“They kept on investigating the president well into his administration after the case collapsed. But here to me is the damning thing: They not only didn’t tell the court that what they had been relying on was completely, you know, rubbish, they actually started putting in things to bolster this Steele report by saying we talked to the sources, and they appeared to be truthful. But they don’t inform the court what they’re truthful about is that the dossier is false,” A.G. Barr reportedly said.
Although the IG report outlines duplicitous irregularities used by former FBI and DOJ officials, special prosecutor John Durham fiercely disagrees that the actions fall short of criminal.
“Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.,” Durham reportedly stated. “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.”
A.G. Barr and Durham have established reputations as hard-charging servants of justice. Legal experts expect further criminal charges leveled against deep state operatives.