The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Inspector General’s (IG) just released a new report that exonerated the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s investigation into Russia’s cyberattack on the 2016 presidential election. The watchdog report blew apart the president’s long-held accusation of a deep-state takedown conspiracy.
Former FBI general counsel James Baker told CNN‘s host of Prime Time Chris Cuomo on Monday night that Trump should “apologize to me, to my colleagues:”
‘I think the president should apologize to us. I respectfully ask him, I would ask him to apologize to me, to my colleagues, because the things he said are just wrong. And I think he should step up and do that at a minimum.’
According to Baker, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s new 435-page report topping a two-year investigation showed that “there was no conspiracy:”
‘[Q]uite clear that the president’s statements over these past several years were all wrong. That there was no hoax, there was no conspiracy to overthrow anybody, there was no sedition, there was no treason, there was no evidence of any of that.’
Baker continued on about the watchdog report, indicating that it exonerated them::
‘[W]e did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open the four individual investigations (Trump’s campaign members: Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and George Papadopoulos).’
The report also showed some serious problems in the department’s FISA warrant process to surveil American citizens. Current FBI Director Christopher Wray stood up for the Bureau and his organization’s integrity. Naturally, that put him on Trump’s enemies list.
The president refused to admit any error. Instead, Trump bore down on his point that the FBI’s actions were “an overthrow of government.” Attorney General William Barr stood by his commander-in-chief. He claimed the results were “insufficient,” and he had a second investigation running. This would actually be the third investigation into the matter.
A Senate panel will hear Horowitz testify publicly Wednesday about the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election.
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