Lindsey Graham: FBI Ran ‘Wrongdoer Enterprise to Defraud the FISA Court’

Lindsey Graham: FBI Ran ‘Wrongdoer Enterprise to Defraud the FISA Court’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday excoriated the FBI’s investigation into now-debunked collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia as a “criminal business.”

Graham made the stinging remarks following the Justice Department inspector general report’s release in which 17 “considerable mistakes and omissions” including 3 applications filed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were detailed. The report, authored by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz, stated the mistakes most likely led to the FBI’s reason to surveil previous Trump project adviser Carter Page.

” I think there will be no debate amongst fairly minded individuals, especially lawyers, about how the system left the rails, however in my view became a criminal business to defraud the FISA court, to reject American citizen Carter Page his humans rights, and to continue an operation versus President Trump as president of the United States,” he stated.

” These are declarations I do not make lightly,” he added.

Senator @LindseyGrahamSC on Justice Department IG Report: “The point I want to make is, let’s presume for a minute it started okay, it sure as hell didn’t end all right.”

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The FBI consisted of unverified details from previous British secret agent Christopher Steele in its application looking for a warrant to wiretap Page. After a sub-source of Steele’s raised doubt on the information regarding Page, the FBI kept the issues from the FISA court, said the report.

Although Horowitz roughly slammed the FBI’s conduct, he ruled that the officials overseeing the investigation were not polluted by political bias and their information was “enough to please the low threshhold” to introduce the probe.

Attorney General William Barr released a declaration condemning the report’s conclusions, saying it proved the FBI introduced an “intrusive” probe into the Trump project on “the thinnest of suspicions.”

” It is likewise clear that, from its inception, the proof produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory,” Barr stated. “However, the examination and security was pressed forward throughout of the project and deep into President Trump’s administration.”

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