The New York Times reported recently that the Justice Department’s inspector general found ZERO evidence to prove President Donald Trump’s theory that his 2016 presidential campaign was being spied on by the FBI while under investigation for conspiring with Russia.
The Times article adds to existing reports from The Washington Post which previously broke the story.
Trump and his allies have hammered the allegations that the FBI inserted covert agents into his 2016 campaign, even going so far as to call this supposed scandal “Spygate.” Of course, this is the same man who claims, with NO EVIDENCE, that Barack Obama ORDERED US intelligence officials to tap his phones.
When Trump took office, he decided to take matters a bit further, ordering the DOJ to investigate his allegations. Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, is set to release his full report on the issue on December 9. Hope Trump is prepared for a big slap in the face.
Sources familiar with the situation have said that the report undermines the president’s outlandish accusations but that it also takes issue with the FBI’s handling of the surveillance of Trump’s former campaign aide Carter Page.
Horowitz found problems in how the FBI went about applying for the warrant for the wiretap and he found evidence that an email connected to Page may have been altered, though he has reportedly requested that federal prosecutors look into that.
The report also outlines, however, that Page’s surveillance was legally warranted and not motivated by political bias, as Trump has claimed. To hear Trump tell it, this report will reveal “perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country.” Yeah, maybe not.
The DOJ is also in the middle of another inquiry into the Russian investigation under the command of Attorney General William Barr, who has carried out much of Trump’s demands since taking his post earlier this year.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, tapped Utah US attorney John Huber for an investigation into potential misconduct from the DOJ or FBI concerning the Russia investigation.
Barr, however, spoke to CBS News earlier this year and said that Huber was just on “standby” in the event that Horowitz needs him for anything.
Connecticut US attorney John Durham has also been working with AG Barr in secret to out FBI misconducted related to the Russia investigation.
Although legal experts have deemed this a “fishing expedition” both Durham and Barr have traveled extensively to meet with foreign intelligence officials to try to find evidence which will support Trump’s claims that the government is guilty of misconduct while investigating his 2016 campaign.
Just recently, and based on the findings of Barr and Durham, the DOJ opened a criminal inquiry into its own Russia investigation.
There has been no evidence of misconduct throughout the entire department and now the DOJ’s choice to conduct a criminal inquiry, many believe that the president has been using the US’s own law-enforcement agencies for his own gain.