Justice Department Inspector General finds FBI’s Trump-Russia probe was justified, despite seriou…

By | December 10, 2019

Justice Department Inspector General finds FBI’s Trump-Russia probe was justified, despite seriou…
Justice Department Inspector General finds FBI’s Trump-Russia probe was justified, despite seriou…
What’S bringing CBS News, senior investigative correspondent, Catherine Herridge, she is at the Department of Justice. Can you tell us what kind of good afternoon we’re still pouring through this nearly 450 page reporting? I just want to note for folks at home that when you go into it, you can see this. Some sections are blacked out a redacted for classified information, but about 95 % of report is clean and among the key findings for the justice department Watchdog. As you mentioned is that he said, the FBI was on Solid Ground when it opened a counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 into alleged contacts between Trump campaign and Russia significantly also found that they were inaccuracies or omissions in all of the surveillance warrant. Applications to the National Security court for a former Trump campaign aide card page, the initial renewal was in October of 2016 and then it ran through the summer of 2017, and that’s section reason part quote that there were significant inaccuracies and omissions for surveillance warrant applications and He goes on to say that he did not find for documentary or testimonial evidence of intentional misconduct, but he adds to his team’s did not receive quote satisfactory explanations and just to be pair with Folks at home. This report does not reach a conclusion about the Judgment or the motivation of the officials involved and why there was so many inaccuracies or omissions. What it stays very clearly is it they did not find evidentiary or testimonial evidence that would back up allegations of political or personal bias, driving the decision making at the FBI or the justice department in 2016 or 2017. I’M Catherine Attorney General, William Barr and US Attorney John Durham, released a statement that seems to dispute the ig’s finding. What is their main concern highly unusual to have a public statement from the US attorney in Connecticut John Trump. He is running a separate investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe in 2016, so simply put he is abroad or mandate to look at evidence and Witnesses outside of the justice department and the FBI, and during issued a statement earlier today saying that he disagreed With some of the key findings, specifically that the FBI was on Solid Ground when it open the 20 Tien counterintelligence investigation and then also we’ve had a statement from the Attorney General, William Barr that you read leading into this segment. So it seems pretty clear that there’s some significance daylight between what Inspector General Horowitz found and also the views of John Durham and the Attorney General, William Barr Tanya criminal referral to come from this report. Will what the report does recommend is that Blimpie FBI Personnel who are involved in the surveillance warrant process, so you’re talking about more Jr people to people who are drafting these applications for the National Security court and then Senior leadership be reviewed by the FBI to see. If the activity would reach that standard a criminal standard, what I would emphasize when you read this report is that there are hundreds of corrective step that are being recommended and if I could put it simply there, there needs to be more oversight for these Tanner intelligence Investigations and when decisions are made by the SBI there has to be that overview are sort of an umbrella from the justice department. So they’re able to see the evidence and understand the decision-making really real-time, not after the fact, which is what happened here repeatedly. Tanya Catherine Herridge, we thank you so much.
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has released a highly anticipated report about the basis for the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins CBSN to discuss the main takeaways.

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