The long-awaited report on the FBI’s purported “spying” on the 2016 Trump campaign is out, and it is a bit of a mixed bag for the President’s supporters.
“SpyGate”, as the controversy has been referred to in the media, was a scandal that alleged that the FBI used an improper bit of evidence in order to obtain a warrant to surveil the Trump 2016 campaign. The implications of that surveillance may have led to the RussiaGate investigation and a number of aspersions cast upon then-candidate Trump during his campaign, asserting that he and his team were coordinating with the Russian government.
After an extensively thorough report by Robert Mueller was made public, it was found that insufficient evidence to charge now-president Trump with any crime.
Now, after months of investigation, a report detailing the impetus of that surveillance has been released, and it is casting further light on the situation.
The Justice Department’s inspector general on Monday released the long-awaited internal review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation, revealing that while the probe’s launch complied with DOJ and FBI policies, there are “significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised.”
Specifically, the report concluded that investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding efforts to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the Russia investigation — but faulted the FBI over numerous “omissions” and “inaccuracies” in the application process.
The IG probe identified at least 17 “significant” errors in the Page applications and said they would launch a new audit into the FISA process.
It was long believed that the FBI may have shown political bias in accepting evidence from the heavily disputed Steele Dossier in order to ensure that the FISA warrant would be granted.
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