The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG)’s report Monday on the FBI’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants found that the agency misled the FISA court, though not due to political bias.
It also found that the decision to initiate an investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was adequately founded — although Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham disagree.
Both Republicans and Democrats claimed that the report corroborated their respective political narratives. Republicans said that President Trump’s rights had been abused, and Democrats said no political bias was shown.
In that sense, the report offered a political draw. But in one key respect, it came down heavily on the side of the Republicans — and against the Democrats: as Breitbart News’ Kristina Wong reported, it vindicated Republican concerns about abuse of the FISA process.
More than that, it refuted the central claims that Democrats made in 2018, when they issued a memo in response to then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who had issued a four-page memo raising concerns about “the legitimacy and legality” of the FBI’s approaches to the FISA court, and suggesting “a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.”
The Democrats’ memo made several factual assertions, many of which were partly or fully refuted in the IG report: