IG Testifies About FBI Probe of Trump Campaign (photos)

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice’s inspector general, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his report, released two days earlier, on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump presidential campaign in 2016.

While concluding that the FBI was justified in opening the investigation, and that the probe was not motivated by political bias, Horowitz’s 400-plus-page report also listed 17 errors in how the FBI sought to carry out surveillance of Carter Page, a former advisor to the campaign.

Horowitz’s findings provided ammunition both for Democrats and for Republicans, including President Donald Trump, who tweeted during the hearing: “They spied on my campaign!”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) delivers his opening statement at the Dec. 11 hearing. Photo by Jeff Malet.

Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-California) holds up her copy of the IG report during questioning. Photo by Jeff Malet.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) questions Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Photo by Jeff Malet.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz discussed his report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse allegations related to the 2016 presidential election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Photo by Jeff Malet.


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