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The FBI's warrant system for spying on Americans is a mess, the IG report shows
NBC "News" ^ | December 10, 2019 | By Ken Dilanian

Posted on 12/10/2019 11:15:01 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Given the unsupported claims President Donald Trump has made for two years about the FBI’s Russia investigation - calling it a witch hunt cooked up by his political opponents - the conclusion by the Justice Department watchdog that the probe was justified was big news.

But the other major findings of the inspector general's report - that there were serious problems with the way the FBI obtained a secret national security warrant to spy on a Trump campaign aide - were also noteworthy, if somewhat overshadowed by the bigger headlines.

The report found an FBI process so badly managed, so rife with errors, that the bureau's director immediately issued a statement saying he was already implementing reforms.

Some FBI personnel “did not comply with existing policies, neglected to exercise appropriate diligence, or otherwise failed to meet the standard of conduct that the FBI expects of its employees - and that our country expects of the FBI,” Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.

The IG report said the FBI relied heavily on a dossier compiled as part of a Democratic-funded opposition research campaign by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, while failing to inform the court that questions had arisen about Steele’s credibility.

The report said responsibility for the failures extends high up the FBI’s management chain.

The FBI director for much of the period in question, James Comey, focused his public comments mainly on the IG’s debunking of Trump conspiracy theories, some of which were aimed at him.

He said little about what the IG portrayed as a significant failure on his watch.

“The report found lots of mistakes - that’s really significant and really unfortunate,” Comey said on MSNBC. “But that’s why you do IG reports.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cia; comey; election2016; horowitz; kendilanian; operationmockingbird; russia; witchhunt

1 posted on 12/10/2019 11:15:01 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s NOT a mess! They simply broke the damn law!!!!!


2 posted on 12/10/2019 11:15:51 AM PST by The Toll
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Debunked” — there’s that word again.

Every bit of real corruption and deep state is all “debunked.” No bunkum to be found anywhere. Not a smidgeon.


3 posted on 12/10/2019 11:16:56 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well, they basically decide who they want to “get” and they throw together some paperwork, and they get some judge to rubber-stamp the whole thing and — voila! — some Republican goes to jail.

Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


4 posted on 12/10/2019 11:19:22 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

FBI agents who made false statements in the FISA process, regardless of whether they are still with the FBI, need to be put through the EXACT same treatment that General Flynn endured.


5 posted on 12/10/2019 11:20:23 AM PST by PapaBear3625 ("Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." -- Voltaire)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No it shows it was abused by the Obama regime for political reasons. Don’t try to blame the system Democrat Propaganda bots at NBC for the criminal wrong doing by your god and his minions.


6 posted on 12/10/2019 11:22:17 AM PST by MNJohnnie (They would have to abandon leftism to achieve sanity. Freeper Olog-hai)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Interesting facts: FISA Court judges are all chosen by the Chief Justice of SCOTUS, without Congressional review or approval. They must be chosen from at least 7 different Federal Judicial Circuit Courts.

All 11 present FISA-court judges have been appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts.


7 posted on 12/10/2019 11:25:02 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What they did is unlawful and illegal...

Laws are for me, not for thee


8 posted on 12/10/2019 11:25:07 AM PST by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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To: MNJohnnie
No it shows it was abused by the Obama regime for political reasons.

Hussein personally abused Executive power - possibly criminally. This is why democrats, republicans, the courts, the media, the deep state, everyone is afraid to hold the guilty accountable. Except, perhaps, Barr and Durham.

9 posted on 12/10/2019 11:32:50 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: PGR88

The Judge acts on information presented. The report specifically stated they concealed the flimsiness of the evidence and suppressed exculpatory evidence.

They are trying to obfuscate criminal wrong doing by the Obama regime by blaming the system


10 posted on 12/10/2019 11:35:35 AM PST by MNJohnnie (They would have to abandon leftism to achieve sanity. Freeper Olog-hai)
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To: The Toll
More ....

All 17 "serious problems" were not committed in a vacuumn.

FBI agents of every rank CONSPIRED to commit fraud and perjury ... WHICH ARE FELONIES ON A FEDERAL LEVEL and ....

If comey can find no intent to commit a crime by hillart in all the testimony she gave, WE CAN damned sure FIND intent (all thought processes are polarized) and indict every FBI agent involved with those 17 "serious problems"

11 posted on 12/10/2019 11:51:21 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true..)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Either the entire FBI is a bunch of stupid bumbling Keystone Cops (which is the IG’s conclusion) or there was a small group of crooked cops at the top were engaged in an attempted coup.

There is no other explanation.


12 posted on 12/10/2019 12:24:08 PM PST by P-Marlowe (Freep mail me if you want to be on my Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Ping List)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow. The national security director for the ACLU managed to insert “Muslims” into a topic that had prima facie absolutely nothing to do with Muslims.

Ms Hina Shamsi says”The concerns the inspector general identifies apply to intrusive investigations of others, including especially Muslims, and far better safeguards against abuse are necessary.”

Did I miss something, like Carter Page self-identifying as a Muslim?

Better change that name to Arabian Civil Liberties Union. That way they can retain the acronym.


13 posted on 12/10/2019 12:35:15 PM PST by malach (We live in interesting times.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

‘It’s NOT a mess! They simply broke the damn law!!!!!’

And they are watching all of US most likely...NOW! BY GOD!


14 posted on 12/10/2019 1:24:54 PM PST by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: ldish

Why hasn’t Chief Justice Roberts acted to clean up this mess? Oh, I forgot. He’s just another pretty face.


15 posted on 12/10/2019 2:33:05 PM PST by Bookshelf
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Everyone here should push for a family member who has little to non political social media to get a job with stazi to keep the rest of the family safe...


16 posted on 12/10/2019 2:59:23 PM PST by GraceG ("If I post an AWESOME MEME, STEAL IT! JUST RE-POST IT IN TWO PLACES PLEASE")
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To: Bookshelf

HIS SECRETS - that’s the total control that runs washington - thats what the deep state has on everyone but TRUMP? epstein was part of that?


17 posted on 12/10/2019 6:00:03 PM PST by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: The Toll
It’s NOT a mess! They simply broke the damn law!!!!!

This!

18 posted on 12/10/2019 6:37:15 PM PST by FreeReign
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