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DOJ Launches PROBE into FISA Warrant 'ABUSE' Against Trump Campaign

DOJ Launches PROBE into FISA Warrant 'ABUSE' Against Trump Campaign”

The OIG review will examine the Justice Department's and FBI's relations and communications with the "confidential source" in connection to the FISC applications, the release said.

While Inspector General Michael Horowitz's office didn't name the "certain USA person" who was targeted, he said he was responding to requests from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and members of Congress. Sessions and Republican lawmakers have demanded an investigation into the surveillance of Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the campaign.

"Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that, in response to requests from the Attorney General and Members of Congress, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain US person", the a press release said on Wednesday. The GOP memo describes the department's use of information compiled by Steele in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor Page's communications.

The issue came to a head earlier this year when Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released dueling memoranda about the circumstances behind the surveillance of Page.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have since released their own memo, accusing Republicans of deliberately omitting facts in an effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

The Democrats concluded that the Justice Department did not engage in misconduct when applying for the warrant. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he referred the matter to the inspector general's office.

Despite Trump's prior concerns with letting Horowitz investigate the alleged surveillance abuses outlined by Republicans, the president cheered the decision to terminate McCabe, calling it on Twitter a "great day for Democracy".

On Wednesday, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, slammed the decision to open a review.

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Democrat Jerrold Nadler said it is a "shame" that Horowitz must devote resources to probe a "conspiracy theory".

Horowitz is already investigating potential anti-Trump bias by some FBI agents and whether the 2016 investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state was mishandled.

Republicans, meanwhile, welcomed the inspector general's review. But Graham said he still thinks a second special counsel should be appointed "to ensure the investigation is thorough and complete".

"Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse?" the president wrote.



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