Justice Department investigation finds Trump's "deep state" conspiracy theory is false

The accusation sent shockwaves throughout much of the FBI and the intelligence community. In the span of two tweets, the newly-elected president of the United States had accused his predecessor and federal law enforcement of committing a crime.

The incident set the stage for a narrative Donald Trump and his allies would repeat time again for over two years: the new president was the victim of out of control "deep state" made up of Obama loyalists in government who were actively working to bring Trump down.

On Monday the Justice Department’s independent watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, finally weighed in on these inflammatory allegations when he released his long-awaited report on the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation, code named “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Trump's dubious allegations
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” wrote President Donald Trump back on March 7, 2017. “Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

A post-mortem of Trump’s claim would later turn up evidence the unsubstantiated allegations began in far-right circles before being amplified by the president to his millions of social media followers.

It was the opening salvo in a campaign of attack against the FBI and Justice Department that would continue throughout the Mueller investigation. The familiar “witch hunt” attack continues to this day as the president faces looming impeachment in the House of Representatives for his dealings with Ukraine.

The FBI properly, legally investigated 2016 Trump campaign

By insisting career law enforcement officials would act on personal political beliefs in conducting an investigation, the president was in effect accusing FBI agents of violating their constitutional oaths. For those sworn to uphold the law, there is no greater slight.

With the release of the DOJ inspector general’s findings, we now know that key tenets of the president’s defense were false. While Trump claimed that the FBI planted a spy in his campaign for political purposes, the IG concluded there was no evidence the bureau placed an informant or undercover agent within the Trump campaign, nor did it task its sources with reporting on the campaign.

Furthermore, the IG found the Russia case was properly opened and uncovered no “evidence that political bias or improper motivation” influenced the decision to launch the investigation.


Josh Campbell is a CNN correspondent and former FBI special agent. He is the author of "Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump’s War on the FBI." Follow him on Twitter: @joshcampbell


https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/12/11/justice-department-fbi-inspector-general-crossfire-hurricane-fisa-horowitz-column/4390685002/




Comments

  • This is from the Democrats leaning Hill newspaper:
    Five takeaways on Horowitz's testimony on Capitol Hill

    December 11, 2019 - 08:27 PM EST

    The inspector general reported a total of 17 "significant inaccuracies and omissions" in the applications to monitor Page, taking particular issue with applications to renew the FISA warrant and chastising the FBI for a lack of satisfactory explanations for those mistakes.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/474199-inspector-general-testifies-on-fbi-failures-five-takeaways


    One of the 17 inaccuracies carried out by the Obama/Democrat/Biden lead FBI was making fake and false inaccurate reports about Trump and his team.

  • The Obama administration or Democrats lead FBI lied to judges and kept informations from the judges who are in charge of the fisa court.

    How is this a lie when its there in black and white showing the opposite of what @FactsMatter claimed?

    Lol
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