Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Inspector general report on Russia investigation is out

Inspector general report on Russia investigation is out

A United States watchdog has found no evidence of political bias when the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe into the 2016 Trump campaign, despite "serious performance failures".

Barr, who has shown himself to be a close political ally of the president, is reported to have disagreed with the conclusion of his own inspector general that the Russian Federation investigation was justified.

The report, by the Justice Department inspector general, also found 17 "significant errors or omissions" in surveillance applications for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, but no intentional misconduct.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been looking into early phases of the Russian Federation inquiry for several months following questions raised by President Trump, Attorney General William Barr and others about how it was conducted.

Since then, he has reviewed more than one million records and conducted more than 100 interviews.

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Mr Horowitz's report found the FBI's use of confidential informants was in compliance with agency rules.

Attorney General William Barr chose to release information about former Federal Bureau of Investigation informant Christopher Steele that had been redacted in Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's report that's being made public on Monday investigating the Russian probe, The New York Times reported.

Republicans spent months in 2017 and 2018 scourging the Justice Department and the FBI for that they called abuses of power, bias and other problems with the investigation later run by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Horowitz and his team spent almost two years on an investigation that was meant to scrutinize the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who had traveled to Russia and had previously been the target of recruitment by Russian intelligence officers.

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