FAST FIVE: 'A Clear Abuse': Barr, Durham Object To IG FISA Probe Findings In Stunning Statements
The report found that while the FBI made serious errors investigating the Trump campaign, and relied heavily on the discredited Steele dossier, that the agency was ultimately justified in launching a counterintelligence operation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane.
“The Inspector General's report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a US presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Barr said in a statement released shortly after the FISA report.
“It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory,” he continued.
pic.twitter.com/xVNfOJxzCP – Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 9, 2019 Durham, meanwhile, said “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 as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” “I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr Horowitz and his staff,” Durham also said.
“However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department.