The long-awaited report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz dropped earlier this month, and it revealed what Americans feared most about the FBI’s operation to take down President Donald Trump.
In particular, the FISA spy report found that FBI officials had falsified documents for the FISA court so they had a better chance of securing warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign, such as aide Carter Page.
When asked about the report and allegations that the highest ranking members of the FBI likely abused their power and broke the law to take down Trump — former Rep. Trey Gowdy did not hold back.
During an interview on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo, Gowdy said it is “too damn late” for fired FBI Director James Comey to admit he was wrong about the bureau’s abuse of the FISA process.
Gowdy was then asked about Comey appearing on Fox News, where he told host Chris Wallace he made “some mistakes” as the FBI director.
Gowdy was not happy about that flippant response.
“I think this morning Comey admitted he was wrong. Sometimes, Maria, it’s better late than never, and sometimes it’s just too damn late,” Gowdy said.
Horowitz found “significant inaccuracies” in the FBI’s FISA applications, including how investigators withheld exculpatory information regarding Page, and derogatory information about the Steele dossier.
House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also found that the FBI spied on at least four individuals serving on Trump’s 2016 campaign — not the “two” that were originally reported.
And, most importantly, it’s important to note that Obama’s FBI obtained FISA warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign by using the discredited dossier, which was bought and paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton.
Below are some high-points of what Horowitz found:
- There was extreme bias against then-candidate Trump.
- The FBI deliberately doctored evidence it presented to the nation’s top spy court in order to gain authority to spy on a key Trump affiliate.
- The FBI and the Justice Department’s review committee failed to comply with attorney general guidelines requiring timely validation.
- Investigators uncovered issues with FBI employees who conducted validation reviews, noting they did not “review the full scope” of a long-term source’s work for the FBI.
- The inspector general found “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” concerning FBI efforts to obtain secret FISA warrants against brief Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
This is not the end of the investigation into the Russia probe.
Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham — the prosecutor leading the investigation into the overall Russia investigation — just shifted their investigation into a criminal inquiry.
This means that Barr and Durham now have the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to convene a grand jury, and file criminal charges.
They wouldn’t have turned their investigation into criminal inquiry if there wasn’t evidence of Obama officials potentially breaking the law.
Barr and Durham have also flipped a top Comey-Obama ally, who is now working with the DOJ and assisting in the probe.