(TNS) The long-awaited report about the abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court by members of the Obama and Trump administrations has from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has finally dropped and it contains a lot of answers.
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But also one major question: What happens next?
In terms of how the report was received, the Garbage Party’s mainstream propagandists tried to spin the parts of it that seemed to refute everything President Donald Trump and his supporters have been saying about the origins of the “Spygate” operation against his campaign:
— That the probe was legitimate;
— That there was no political bias behind the investigation.
RTRS – INSPECTOR GENERAL FINDS POLITICAL BIAS ON THE PART OF FBI EMPLOYEES DID NOT INFLUENCE DECISION TO OPEN FBI INVESTIGATION -SOURCE
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 9, 2019
That “congressional source,” not doubt, is a member of the Garbage Party, because if it were a Republican, Heath would have said so.
But wait, as they say…there’s more.
Such as, there are details provided in the IG report but not fully explained, as Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton pointed out.
IG: 17 "errors" in Carter Page FISA warrants targeting @RealDonaldTrump. No reasonable explanations for the errors.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 9, 2019
Attorney General William Barr, meanwhile, says that the report “now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”
AG BARR: "The evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s admin.”
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 9, 2019
If there really wasn’t any “political bias” involved, why would a group of professional FBI and Justice Department officials behave in such a grossly irresponsible manner?
And there were actual “spies” infiltrating the Trump campaign, as previous independent and truthful media have reported.
FBI used confidential human sources on Carter Page and George Papadopoulos *before* and after they joined the Trump campaign! pic.twitter.com/WPru3jBSYV
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 9, 2019
The DOJ IG determined that the Steele dossier is what provided "probable cause" for the government to spy on Carter Page, and that the FISA application "drew heavily…upon the Steele reporting to support the government's position that Page" was a Russian agent. pic.twitter.com/lelsAFD9Oq
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 9, 2019
What’s more, there isn’t universal agreement with Horowitz’s findings, as U.S. Attorney John Durham — who is conducting a criminal probe into the origins of Spygate — noted in a separate statement this morning:
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. However, 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.
That ‘outside the U.S.’ evidence no doubt includes some Ukrainian dealings. And maybe some in Hungary, as Rudy Giuliani has warned.
The contents of the IG’s report are going to be discussed and debated ad hominem for days and weeks. But the bottom line is this: What will William Barr do about it?
We already know he led fired FBI Director James Comey off the hook, but will he again? And while several FBI officials have been fired from the bureau, if they committed crimes, don’t they have to also be held to account?
What’s more, Barr has got to find a way for Americans to be able to trust in the FISA process again — that it will never, every be abused again to target an American citizen, let alone a presidential candidate, for partisan political gain.
The FISA process is secretive enough as it is so it’s ripe for abuse again…unless someone is held accountable.
Comey and his FBI knew the Steele Dossier was bogus when they presented it to the FISA court as legitimate intelligence. That’s been reported.
That’s a crime; that’s fraud upon the FISA court.
There is more criminal abuse of the FISA court by those who continued go to back to get new surveillance warrants, well into the Trump presidency. Those warrants were premised on the dossier, in part. That’s fraud; that’s a crime.
So no matter what IG Horowitz found or what he will say to the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, he can’t prosecute anyone. All he can do is provide findings — and even those are being disputed.
Thus, criminal prosecutions are the only way to instill trust in the system and our institutions again. That’s what Barr and Durham must do.
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