The much-anticipated inspector general report into possible FISA abuses by the government in their surveillance of the Trump campaign was released today.
While it is acknowledged that big mistakes were made it was ultimately concluded that no political bias existed in the investigation.
According to Fox News:
The Justice Department’s inspector general on Monday released the long-awaited internal review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation, revealing that while the probe’s launch complied with DOJ and FBI policies, there are “significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised.”
Specifically, the report concluded that investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding efforts to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the Russia investigation — but faulted the FBI over numerous “omissions” and “inaccuracies” in the application process.
At the same time, the report said key officials including former FBI bosses James Comey and Andrew McCabe did not act with political bias and extended a similar finding to the overall surveillance efforts targeting Page.
“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page,” the report said.
The report did point to 17 serious errors in the applications to spy on Page but this only caused them to suggest an audit into the current FISA process.