The Justice Department’s Inspector General is expanding his FISA abuse investigation into other kinds of abuse.
After a meeting today between President Trump, John Kelly, and White House Attorney Don McGahn, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, it was announced that Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s FISA abuse investigation will also include other abuses such as the FBI using human spies or provocateurs in the Trump campaign. This is what Donald Trump said he wanted to happen.
The Conservative Treehouse reports, “President Trump Meets With DAG Rosenstein, FBI Director Wray and DNI Dan Coats to Establish White House/DOJ Expectations…” The post give the context of what are now three investigations.
Two months ago Inspector General Michael Horowitz launched a third investigation into DOJ and FBI conduct as it relates to the abuse of the FISA court by former officials. The FISA abuse investigation was the second outcropping from the original IG investigation into FBI and DOJ conduct during the Clinton investigation.
The original IG investigation started by looking into the results of a 2015/2016 FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s classified email use. That original investigation resulted in a lengthy Draft Report which is currently in draft review phase. This much anticipated report is on schedule be published in final form within the next two weeks.
During the original investigation the Office of Inspector General discovered officials within the FBI were leaking information to the media of the Clinton investigation. DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI Director of Public Affairs Michael Kortan, and Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe were all outlined as participating in unlawful structured media leaks. The outcome of this investigation resulted in the IG report on McCabe.
Similarly, while the original IG investigation was underway – evidence of FBI and DOJ abuse of the FISA court for surveillance warrants was discovered. Serious legal questions about the FISA Title-1 application, filed against Carter Page but used to conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign, surfaced. After mounting evidence was gathered by congress, OIG and FBI INSD investigative units, Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced he was launching a third investigation into the FISA abuse scandal. This announcement was made in March, 2018.
Today’s announcement by the DOJ expands the FISA abuse investigation with DAG Rod Rosenstein now authorizing IG Horowitz to pursue questions of whether the FBI, DOJ and/or intelligence community were conducting political operations using planted informants, agent provocateurs, and FBI assets to conduct domestic spy operations against the Trump campaign.
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