Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony below.
PART 2 OF TESTIMONY WILL BE POSTED WHEN HEARING CONCLUDES
WASHINGTON — The FBI mishandled elements of its purpose to monitor a Trump campaign aide as it was investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the overall investigation was justified, according to a long-awaited report by the Justice Department’s watchdog that counters the president’s depiction of a politically-biased plot against him.
The report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz decided that the FBI and the Justice Department launched their investigation into the 2016 campaign not for political reasons, but because of evidence the Russian government was using cutouts to reach out to the Trump campaign as part of its efforts to influence the election.
Horowitz found that political bias did not taint the actions of former FBI leaders who have frequently been the subject of presidential attacks on Twitter, including former Director James Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok.
At the same time, the report found enough errors — and in at least one case, alleged document tampering by a low-level FBI lawyer — to provide Trump and his allies grist to continue to claim that the investigation was tainted.