The Department of Justice Inspector General has released its report on FISA abuses by the Obama-era FBI and Justice Department in 2016. President Trump has described the Inspector General’s findings as an attempted overthrow of the government. While speaking at the White House Monday, the president said the report was far worse than he thought was possible.
Although the Inspector General concluded the Russia investigation was not started out of political bias, he did outline at least 17 significant errors in the FBI’s application to spy on the Trump campaign and adviser Carter Page. The nearly 500 page report states the FBI overstated its confidence in Christopher Steele’s reliability, and faulted the agency for inaccuracies and omissions in the application.
Attorney General William Barr commented on the report, saying it’s now clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign. While this was what started the Mueller investigation, a separate probe into the origins of the Russia investigation is still ongoing.