Inspector General Report Finds FBI Probe Into Trump Campaign And Russia Was Justified | NBC News Inspector General Report Finds FBI Probe Into Trump Campaign And Russia Was Justified | NBC NewsThe release of the inspector General’s report into the origins of the 2016 FBI investigation into President Trump and members of his campaign. Let’S go right to Williams right now and feed some of the early headlines cancel out some of the complaints about that investigation. A little bit for everybody to 22, like in this report Lester here it is 430 pages from the Inspector General of the justice department – is working on this for almost two years now and what it says is that the inspector General found no political bias in the Fbi, either in the decision to open the investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016 or a couple of months to seek and a surveillance court order from the foreign intelligence surveillance Court to essentially do electronic eavesdropping on Carter page, who had been a trump advisor. Now the attorney general has issued a statement based on this thing that he thinks the IG report makes clear that the FBI open this investigation of a presidential campaign, I’m quoting now on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. What the inspector-general says is that the investigation of the Trump campaign was opened based entirely on this claim, from an Australian government source that George Papadopoulos, another Trump advisor Ed said that he met with some people who said the Russians have dirt that they could offer on Hillary Clinton later the FBI weeks later got this so-called Steele dossier, but the Inspector General says that played no role in the FBI, the station to open the investigation and in fact the investigation was opened before the FBI got the Steele dossier. The Inspector General report says the FBI followed the rules in opening the investigation, but it says, are no guidelines in the Justice Department of our or the FBI about opening such a sensitive investigation of a presidential candidate, and perhaps the IG says there should be. It also says the FBI decided not to breathe I’m campaign about this Potential Threat or the fact that it was opening the investigation and it did not find any evidence of political bias. Despite these well known by now texts from two people in the FBI, Peter can Lisa Page. It says that they were not high up decision-makers in the decision to open the investigation. We learned for the first time that the FBI used confidential human sources to record conversations with with Carter page with George Papadopoulos. Before and after they were involved in the campaign, and it says these confidential human sources also talked to what is described in this report. As a high-level Trump campaign not identified one conversation that apparently the IG says, yielded no useful information, then after the investigation was opened, the FBI decided to seek this foreign intelligence surveillance act, fisa warrant Carter, page after getting the Steele dossier, so the Steele dossier was critical. It says in the FBI’s decision to seek this surveillance warrant on Carter page, but it says the FBI failed to. to the court assertions in the fisa application that undercut steals credibility. Steel, it didn’t notice till was initially hired to do some opposition research football for the Clinton campaign, But as time report says, even though the FBI got information that would raise questions about the credibility of Steel, it failed to reassess its own Reliance on him, failed to Tell the foreign intelligence surveillance Court about the problems and didn’t press him on the source of his information, none the less. It says it found no political bias in seeking the fisa warrant on page. What it says is the FBI, basically repeatedly screwed up at every level, fail to pay enough attention to potential problems with steel, failing to tell the justice department – and it says at one point – that the FBI decided to seek this fisa warrant, even at the risk of Being criticized for doing it later, because the Court says FBI officials, they had said they had to get to the bottom of a potentially serious threat to National Security. But the Inspector General report says the fisa application was in many ways, inaccurate, incomplete or it says, for example, that the FBI failed to look at some of the problems and steals password, but that was never sufficiently address. As for why these things happened, the Inspector General says it reaches no can oceans about that. It says it received no satisfactory explanation about how all these mistakes happen and the inspector general report Lester, and I just make the final Point here before I turn it back to. You says that the inspector General so concerned about these problem, that, if the FBI and in his views so mishandled, this fisa application for an investigation into a candidate for president. And how is it doing it for garden-variety people who are subject to these warrants? And for that reason we learned today that the inspector General is now opening a new investigation on how the FBI get these fisa warrants on American citizens way from the Trump Administration on political bias. On spying, does this report deal directly with whether those two things occurred? Weather the FBI quote-unquote spied on the Trump campaign, and that’s where I think people will reach different conclusions. Some of the Republican critics of the FBI in the house and repeatedly said this was the case. Nonetheless, the FBI did seek the fisa warrant. They did use confidential human sources. There’S no indication in here, for example, to backup the president’s plane now widely discredited, that the FBI was wiretapping his phone, but it does say that there was no political bias either in the decision to open the investigation or, in speaking the fisa warrant. What he says is that the FBI opening in the investigation followed all the rules, but it’s a very low threshold for opening this kind of foreign influence investigation and on that the FBI followed all the rules. On another note, there is the John Durham investigation, the Attorney General in Connecticut it was directed appointed by William Barr. Is that duplicating this work? Is that looking at a different facet of this work, it is to some extent looking at different facets, and we don’t know what the results of his work yet is. Our understanding is that there that there wasn’t much coordination between the inspector, General’s work and Dirhams work, but they had very contact is our understanding of how this process works. Durham is looking at, for example, what did foreign country intelligence Services have? To what extent was the US intelligence Community involved with that? Those were not questions beyond the FBI that this report looked at remember. The focus of this report was: did the FBI follow the rules in getting that fisa warrant on Carter page? The rest of it is a kind of broader sort of surrounding issues, but the main thing was the five and on that, the inspector General’s conclusion was no political, repeated failure to follow the rules and and scrutinize steals claims closely Enough. By the way. The report basically says that, despite all this work to get these fisa warrant on Carter page, they never really yielded very useful information for the Trump investigation clicking on that button down here and click on any of those videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusive thanks for watching A long-awaited report by an internal Justice Department watchdog found that the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia was justified, despite the FBI mishandling part’s of the probe.
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Inspector General Report Finds FBI Probe Into Trump Campaign And Russia Was Justified | NBC News