Inspector General Report on DOJ and FBI Compliance With FISA Legal Requirements – Public Release – Open Discussion Thread

Today the Dept. of Justice Office of Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, will release the much anticipated report covering a 21-month review of FBI and DOJ compliance with legal requirements surrounding FISA and the application against U.S. person Carter Page.

The report is rumored to be well over 600 pages.  It will BE RELEASED HERE.

The report was published at 1:00pm – The Report is only 476 Pages

PDF of REPORT HERE – Read on Oversight Here– Press Release HERE

Use this thread as an open discussion and research thread  specific to the content of the IG report when released.

Things to keep in mind…

First, with a volume of text over 600 pages, and potentially as high as 1,000 pages, there is no immediate analysis you will find in the media today based on a review of the report.  The report is simply too long to read, review and outline today.

Therefore all of the MSM journalists will likely be reporting from pre-written talking points distributed by officials with a vested interest in shaping opinion of the report immediately upon release.

From my own experience, even after several days very few journalists will have actually even read the full report; they will instead be working from selected segments of the report as outlined by others.

It is strongly suggested you read the report for yourself, draw your own conclusions, and don’t rely on what could be sections taken out of context.  Obviously crowdsourcing the report is one of the fastest ways to absorb information in a discussion thread.

Secondly, keep in mind while the IG review began in March 2018 the Mueller investigation almost certainly kept many aspects of the material shielded from IG inquiry until the special counsel investigation ended.  Indeed as we have seen from other material delayed throughout 2018, up to March 2019 when the Mueller probe ended, many documents were hidden (likely intentionally) by the special counsel.  So a full unimpeded IG review likely did not begin until after the Mueller investigation concluded. Hence, some delays.

♦Use this thread to share any information you find of value within the report.  As previously noted MAKE SURE you give a page number for anything you cite.  This helps others who are doing a similar review.

♦Be on the lookout for any material inside the IG report that stems from the list of classified documents previously requested to be declassified by congress.  If you note any of that material again please give citations. [Declassification Reference List Here]

♦It will be disappointing if the IG release does not also bring forth a considerable amount of declassified documentary material in support of the findings.  Arguably the list for declassification is more important than the IG report itself.

♦As soon as the report is released CTH will share direct links and attempt to download and upload into a shareable, hopefully searchable, and embed format.  If it is a big report this can sometimes be problematic.

♦Be on the lookout for the report around Noon to 1:00pm Eastern.  OIG Website HERE

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1,382 Responses to Inspector General Report on DOJ and FBI Compliance With FISA Legal Requirements – Public Release – Open Discussion Thread

  1. Nick the Deplorable says:

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  2. Don McAro says:

    5 4 3 2…..Wray will be at the podium to sing this even more…

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  3. SeanNY says:

    Strong stuff indeed!!

    “Nevertheless, we recommend that the FBI and the Department take additional steps to re-emphasize this obligation in the FISA context and help ensure that agents focus their attention equally on their obligation to share information with 01 that might detract from a probable cause
    finding, regardless of whether they believe it to be true.”

    p. 276

    “For violating the civil rights of Carter Page and everyone he ever emailed or called, I hereby sentence you to undergo an hour of government training! No. Make that two hours. And read a memo on government procedures.”

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    • Dee says:

      Where did you find this, the link above i get nothing but press releases. Or is one of those links the report, help please.

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    • Garavaglia says:

      Training to be held in 30 years or so..possibly

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    • Zippy says:

      “I hereby sentence you to undergo an hour of government training!”

      Entirely predictable based upon this. Emphasis is mine.:

      FISA Court Rolls Over, Plays Dead
      Aug 28, 2013

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifergranick/2013/08/28/fisa-court-rolls-over-plays-dead/#2b26114763ae

      A newly declassified opinion shows FISA court “oversight” in the face of egregious, unconstitutional and potentially criminal government misconduct means nothing.

      Last week, thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s excellent FOIA work, we got the gift of a newly declassified 2011 FISA court opinion. The opinion finds that the government misled the FISA court for over three years about the details of its illegal and unconstitutional surveillance programs. These lies hid from the court the fact that every year, the NSA is collecting at least 56,000 emails – and possibly many more — between innocent Americans who have no foreign connections and are suspected of no crimes. That’s bad, but the worst part of it is, when the government’s lies were finally exposed the FISA court demanded … that NSA analysts read our private messages right away, so they can be used or deleted more quickly. In other words, the government got not a slap on the wrist, but a pat on the back.

      This was the third lie in less than three years that the FISA court had learned about. The judge described one such pattern of lying in Footnote 14 of this newly declassified opinion. There, the clearly outraged judge said the NSA had misrepresented so frequently and systematically how it conducted its program to collect and query Americans’ phone call records that the agency had utterly subverted the Court-mandated oversight regime for that program.

      So what did the court do when it found out it had been lied to, that purely domestic communications were fair game, that untold numbers of innocent people were being illegally spied on, and that all the safeguards in place needed to be rethought?

      Nothing, really. The court suggested the NSA should —TRAIN— its analysts to notice when their queries turned up an MCT – i.e., an Internet transaction containing multiple messages — and then to look carefully at all the by-catch. If existing procedures allowed them to use anything in those purely domestic messages that they were never supposed to have collected in the first place, great! Otherwise, only after collection and review, should the information be deleted. The NSA adopted this approach, and continues to blithely collect Internet transactions containing wholly domestic communications between innocent Americans to this day.

      So in the face of illegal, unconstitutional and potentially criminal conduct — conduct about which the NSA repeatedly lied to the FISA court — the FISA court “corrected” the problem by requiring … banner warnings that something might be an MCT, and an extra round of review by NSA analysts. The real problem – that the NSA regularly collects Americans’ most private communications that the law does not permit it to collect and lies about it to the FISA court – was simply waved away.

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  4. joeknuckles says:

    Final conclusion (page number redacted):

    “Don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine.”

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  5. “The FBI should review the performance of all employees who had
    responsibility for the preparation, Woods review, or approval of the
    FISA applications, as well as the managers, supervisors, and senior
    officials in the chain of command of the Carter Page investigation, for
    any action deemed appropriate”

    The end of the “recommendations”. Yeah Wray will get right on that.

    A complete whitewash.

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    • Shark24 says:

      Yep, just did my 2 minute skim of the LONGEST Executive Summary I have read in my many years of military service. Looks like a lot of whitewash. Will dive deeper and see what’s inside. “Never give up, never surrender!”

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    • TrumpPatriot says:

      WHITEWASH is the first word that came to my mind. This whitewash insults my intelligence. Perhaps not the brightest bulb on the tree. . . . . but I’m no dummy.
      What a crock!

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      • Shark24 says:

        Digger a little deeper and seeing some comments here, there is good detail to in the bowels of the report to give access to the “truth”. That certainly won’t be picked up by the MSM/Dems. Anyway, keep on pushin’!

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  6. magachris says:

    More anti-bias training?

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  7. Troublemaker10 says:

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  8. 335blues says:

    My sincere hope is the people who broke laws will be held accountable for their crimes.
    Let the light shine on those who perpetrate the attempted coup.
    For the sake of America continuing as a Constitutional Republic with a Bill of Rights,
    it is absolutely necessary for us to be a nation of laws.
    There cannot be two sets of laws- one for those with power, and one for everyone else.
    “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” Ephesians 5:13

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  9. WeThePeople2016 says:

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    • cboldt says:

      Watch the press elevate Horowitz to the position of “man in charge,” and that his conclusion the (low) standards was met is final. Any contrary finding by Barr is politically motivated, etc.

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    • Garavaglia says:

      What does that mean? Nothing..absolutely nothing. They were good with their actions..Barr is not okay with their actions. Next.

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    • MACAULAY says:

      Page 74, Footnote 192: Rosenstein told them that “FBI Officials” told him that the sole basis for opening the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation was in information on Papadopoulos.

      And thus if Mifsud was a plant and not a Russian Agent—then the whole thing is a sham, a fraud, and highly criminal.

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    • zimbalistjunior says:

      ‘in my view’??!!
      ‘in my view???!”

      the wording should be ‘in the view of the Justice Department’ or ‘at this juncture, in the view of the Justice Department—an investigation into the particulars is progressing’ etc

      wtf

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  10. Another ‘mistakes were made.’
    And further evidence that the US is fast becoming a banana republic.

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  11. Curtis Gomes says:

    It will be awhile before this report is accurately assessed and interpreted. The main stream media will cherry pick, obfuscate and the actual illegal acts committed by the FBI, CIA, et al, will be played down. There is much frustration ahead for those of us who want to see justice. If one innocuous and patently mundane phone call between Trump and the Ukraine president can be manipulated to bring a bogus impeachment; then how do we expect a 600 page document to be honestly interpreted. Let the gas lighting begin……………………………….

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    • Sure looks like about 400 pages of whitewash. The “recommendations” are gutless. Redactions all over the place. Deep state’s gonna deep state.

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    • 6x47 says:

      No … as with the “Mid Year Exam” OIG report, the criminal conspiracy to exonerate Hillary Clinton was laid out in exquisite, excruciating detail … sandwiched in between an Executive Summary and Conclusion which together amounted to

      NEVERMIND! CARRY ON! NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

      So unless Barr and Durham act on the details laid out in the report, another big goose egg for the good guys.

      … aaaand it appears that is precisely what Mr. Durham is doing. Barr and Durham are NOT going along with the IG report minimization of criminal misconduct.

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  12. Reserved55 says:

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  13. realeyecandy1 says:

    Obvious that “whoever” Hannity Carter and Solomon “sources” are are a complete pile of horseshit.

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  14. Trent Telenko says:

    No indictments, No excitement.

    There are no indictments,

    ’nuff said.

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  15. Blue Moon says:

    And they ALL walk free and clear. Why should we expect anything more from them.

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  16. Bill Dumanch says:

    The trials may begin at GITMO tomorrow…Sorry of those old plane doors, they fall off all the time

    And, Epstein didn’t kill himself

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  17. Tazok says:

    P.118, Kavalec-Steele: Trubnikov, Surkov as sources redacted

    P.196 FBI learned Cohen Prague was not true.

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  18. Hmmm... says:

    No Flynn or Pap FISA. Only Page and the dragon. I haven’t seen any mention of the dragon yet. This conclusively proves that Pap was given information from an unredacted Page FISA in April 2017 by ABC and NYTimes reporters per his comments he reports they told him.

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  19. Troublemaker10 says:

    And

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  20. Nigella says:

    This is disappointing

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    • amjean says:

      I expected no less and wonder why we wasted so much money with a report
      that everyone knew was based on a limited investigation with no teeth to fire or
      indict.

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  21. zimbalistjunior says:

    it is out
    and from the conclusion pages that i perused it is evidence that this country is one giant swamp

    i am combining my disgust for IG with disgust for Castor’s lack of preparedness, and general pathetic un-professionalism exhibited by all

    barr, durham and PDJT can save this country..or else maybe Matt Gaetz some day

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  22. leslievb3 says:

    Wow! no political bias. I can’t say I’m surprised, none of these people were ever going to be held accountable. The Deep State will be strengthened, the reporting about this was true. Michael Horowitz was appointed by Obama and probably just profited bigly from this report.

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      As has been said many times. If he were not swamp then he wouldn’t be where he is.
      The swamp only promotes it’s own.
      Barr is the presidents pick, but no doubt suggested by the GOP. Durham is a Barr pick. So really it all comes down to whether Barr is a rare Washington insider (which he undoubtedly is) with integrity who cares about the future of his country.
      Everything depends on that open question in my opinion.

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  23. gda53 says:

    “We do not speculate whether the correction of any particular misstatement or
    omission, or some combination thereof, would have resulted in a different outcome.” – pg 413

    Of course you don’t. Fortunately Barr/Durham DO.

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  24. Perot Conservative says:

    The FBI should review their procedures, and the Office of Professional management should review these findings.

    Nine ‘recommendations’.

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  25. S&WJM625 says:

    So far not seeing any recommendations for indictments unless I missed something. Nothing in the recommendations sections.
    FBI letter sounds like Wrays retraining BS.

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  26. MaineCoon says:

    Here’s the predicate for the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation as detailed in chapter three, which begins on p. 49 of The Report, which is p. 82/476 of the PDF. The vote by the co-conspirators to open the investigation was unanimous. This is the 1st time I’m hearing that Papa said Papadopoulos “suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion” from Russia….more detail in Report.

    CHAPTER THREE

    THE OPENING OF CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, STAFFING, AND THE
    EARLY STAGES OF THE INVESTIGATION

    I. Intelligence Community Awareness of Attempted Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections

    At the time the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was opened in July 2016, the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC), which includes the FBI, was aware of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. The Russian efforts included cyber intrusions into various political organizations, including the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). [p. 49 of the Report]

    It was in this context that the FBI received information on July 28, 2016, about a conversation between Papadopoulos and an official of a Friendly Foreign Government (FFG) in May 2016 during which Papadopoulos “suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion” from Russia that it could assist this process with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to candidate Clinton and President Obama. As described below, the FBI opened the Crossfire Hurricane investigation 3 days after receiving this information. [p. 50 of the Report]

    II. The Friendly Foreign Government Information and the FBl’s Decision to Open Crossfire Hurricane and Four Related Counterintelligence Investigations

    A. Receipt of Information from the Friendly Foreign Government and the Opening of Crossfire Hurricane

    According to the opening Electronic Communication (EC), the investigation was predicated on intelligence from an FFG. [p. 50 of the Report]

    “McCabe told us that he recalled discussing the FFG information with Priestap, Strzok, then Special Counsel to the Deputy Director Lisa Page, and Corney, sometime before Crossfire Hurricane was opened, and he agreed with opening a counterintelligence investigation based on the FFG information. He told us the decision to open the case was unanimous.” [Ch. III, p. 53 of the Report]

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    • gsonFIT says:

      This was John Brennan laundered and recycled information

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    • MaineCoon says:

      More info re: above. Priestap was the key person. We always asked why we never saw him, his testimony was behind closed doors before a very few, hand-picked people. Where is he now? His wife?

      I will shorten excerpts for brevity:

      From July 28 to July 31, officials at FBI Headquarters discussed the FFG
      information and whether it warranted opening a counterintelligence investigation.
      … E.W. “Bill” Priestap, was a central figure in these discussions. [Priestap discussed this with Strok. Trisha Anderson, McCabe, Michael Steinbach, but not Comey, which he confirmed. p.52]

      [McCabe says he discussed all this with Priestap, Strzok, Lisa Page & Comey, before Crossfire Hurricane was opened. p. 53]

      According to Priestap, he authorized opening the Crossfire Hurricane
      counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016, based upon these discussions.
      He told us that the FFG information was provided by a trusted source-the FFGand he therefore felt it “wise to open an investigation to look into” whether
      someone associated with the Trump campaign may have accepted the reported
      offer from the Russians. [p.53]

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Con’t: Key point is the opening of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation is based on information never thus far disclosed by a George Papa. Very suspect, ksince he’s been a blabbermouth…..

      On July 26, 2016, ….the FFG official spoke with a U.S. government (USG) official in the
      European city about an “urgent matter” that required an in-person meeting [regarding a] meeting with Papadopoulos.

      The FFG official…stated, in part, that Papadopoulos suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia that it could assist this process with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Mrs. Clinton (and President Obama). It was unclear whether he or the Russians were referring to material acquired publicly of [sic] through other means. It was also unclear how Mr. Trump’s team reacted to the offer. We note the Trump team’s reaction could, in the end, have little bearing of what Russia decides to do, with or without Mr. Trump’s cooperation. [pp. 51-52, Report]

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  27. atxnfo says:

    Nothing will happen- Wray will add some more training and it’ll all be ok.

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  28. Troublemaker10 says:

    John Durham also put out a statement disagreeing with Horowitz .

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  29. Hibida Hibida Hibida…. That’s all folks!

    Utter BS!

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  30. Bryan says:

    page viii of executive summary:
    “While we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence of intentional misconduct on the part of the case agents who assisted OI in preparing the applications, or the agents and supervisors who performed the Woods Procedures, we also did not receive satisfactory explanations for the errors or problems we identified.”

    Sounds like that would be where criminal referrals would be made?

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  31. jf86 says:

    From the Conclusion section re: the opening of Crossfire Hurricane…” and we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced his decision. While the information in the FBI’s possession at the time was limited, in light of the low threshold established by Department and FBI predication policy, we found that Crossfire Hurricane was opened for an authorized investigative purpose and with sufficient factual predication.”
    Limited scope or capabilities or whatever…this is sickening.

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    • Tess from Philly says:

      “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence” just means that nothing was written down and nobody has started singing (so far). It doesn’t come close to saying bias wasn’t there. The best defense that the “handpicked team” has been able to put forth in this report is that they were inept. Not knowing the proper procedures opens that crew up to a boatload of problems and overturnable convictions.

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    • gsonFIT says:

      Opened legitimately enough from the FBI’s perspective. But a false predicate created by John Brennan and his band of merry butt-heads (5-eyes). Not by a real crime. Comey is malfeasant in getting duped by Brennan and went on to do several criminal things
      (leaks)

      Comey needed to be fired

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  32. Rami says:

    Durham just put out a statement that he does not agree with the IG report findings. Hmmm….

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  33. Valinor says:

    After a quick scan, it appears the IG report is exactly as most here speculated: a thin investigation with a narrow scope. Conclusion is a bunch of process changes. No declassifications that I can see so it appears Sundance did not get his wish. But in the end this report is meaningless. Durham is what matters. He is the prosecutor and hold all the power that is relevant.

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    • snellvillebob says:

      It would also seem that the culprits all got together and cushioned what was said to Horowitz, who gave them a wink and a nod. This would explain what Peter Strzok was up to when he “worked” days at the FBI HQ with a guest pass after he was fired.

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  34. Tess from Philly says:

    I think people are jumping to conclusions needlessly. No, we’re not seeing criminal referrals, but we know there’s been at least one. Remember that chubby attorney – the supposed marathon runner? Does it mention him as being referred for criminal charges? I haven’t seen it if it does.

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  35. Deplore Able says:

    Names not mentioned in the IG report:
    Halper, Misfud, Downer

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  36. patti says:

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  37. booger71 says:

    Recommendations…changes certain policies, procedures, and forms. Why are they still covering up who Steele spied for, and I didn’t see any mention of the Cia’s role in Crossfire Hurricane.

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  38. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  39. California Joe says:

    In fact, IG specifically says “our role in this review was not to second-guess discretionary judgments by Department personnel about whether to open an investigation!” This is the exact same “OUT” that Horowitz pulled in the Hillary Clinton email investigation which he prefaced that his role was not to second guess any prosecutorial decision by the DOJ which choose to let Hillary Clinton and her accomplices off the hook totally for their crimes!

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  40. Jim Smith says:

    Durham Statement – He disagrees with the IG conclusions!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  41. FPCHmom says:

    Good analysis over at undercover Huber and Techno fog twitter.

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  42. Nick the Deplorable says:

    So now IG Horowitz is done can we now fire him?

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  43. Amber says:

    Remind me never to listen to Joe DiGenova and his wife ever again. What a head fake!

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    • Don McAro says:

      Oh dear lord…… It Durham you need to listen to

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    • gda53 says:

      Joe DiG most likely got his info from someone in the investigation on a lower level than Horowitz. The facts pointed to indictments, but we know how those things go.

      Since Barr/Durham have expressed their disagreement with the report, let’s wait and see who THEY indict before crapping all over poor Joe. He may yet be proved correct.

      At the same time, it’ll be interesting to hear their response.

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  44. dawg says:

    For those not listening to Rush, Durham just put out a statement saying, basically, “I disagree with Horowitz”.

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  45. Don McAro says:

    John Durham just issued a statement about the IG report..and felt compelled to say he has evidence way beyond what horrowitz has and the IG report is worthless

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  46. FPCHmom says:

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  47. Griz Alaska says:

    Hmm,
    A Obama appointed IG, hands over a Swamp protecting report.
    Who would of thunk it?

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  48. sundance says:

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    • Don McAro says:

      which translates to;….

      my Johnson is bigger than yours
      and I am arresting people

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    • Hmmm... says:

      Sundance, Pap said specifically he was told by ABC and NYTimes reporters on April 12 2017 that they had info from a FISA about his involvement in Israel. Pap thought this indicated there was a FISA warrant on him. Since we now know conclusively that information had to come from the Page FISA and that information was and still is redacted then this is pretty solid proof that those media outlets had a full and unredacted Page FISA in 2017.

      I heard Pap describe this in a podcast with Michael Tracey.

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  49. WeThePeople2016 says:

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