This week, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report on FBI FISA abuse during the Trump-Russia investigation.
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“Former FBI Director James Comey said this week that your report vindicates him,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-SC) noted to Horowitz during his questioning. “Is that a fair assessment?”
Horowitz gave a definitive reply, declaring, “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this.” Graham then proceeded to read comments that Comey made in December of 2018.
After being asked by a reporter whether he had “total confidence” in the Steele Dossier when he used it to obtain FISA warrants, Comey responded that he had “total confidence the FISA process was followed, that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way by the DOJ and the FBI. I think the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense.”
“Would it be fair to say you take issue with that statement?” the South Carolina Republican inquired.
“Certainly, our findings indicate that there were significant problems,” Horowitz answered.
“When Comey speaks about FISA, you shouldn’t listen,” Graham said.
Durham’s investigation still ongoing
While Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s conduct is damning, it also won’t be the final word. US Attorney John Durham is conducting an inquiry of his own, and in October it became a criminal investigation. What’s more, Durham announced that he disagreed with Horowitz’s finding that there was no unlawful intent when the Russia probe 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 said in a statement on Monday.
“However,” he went on, “our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.”
“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.”