In a huge blow to Trump, DOJ watchdog found no evidence to support the claim that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign , The Justice Department’s inspector General found no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that the FBI inserted spies in his 2016 presidential campaign,
The New York Times reported. Trump has repeatedly and baselessly alleged that the FBI inserted covert operators in his campaign. He also alleged, without evidence, that former President Barack Obama had intelligence officials tap his phones,
A claim the IG’s report is also expected to undercut. While the IG report undermines Trump’s most extreme claims, sources told The Times, it also faults the FBI for making bureaucratic mistakes ,when applying for a warrant to surveil Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. The Justice Department’s inspector general
Reportedly found no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that the FBI spied on his 2016 , presidential campaign while investigating whether the campaign was conspiring with the ,
Russian government to interfere in the election, The Times article builds on reporting from the Washington Post, which initially broke the story last week. Trump has repeatedly and baselessly alleged that the FBI inserted covert agents into his campaign. Trump and his allies dubbed this purported scandal “Spygate.”
After taking office, Trump ordered the DOJ to investigate his claims. The inspector general, Michael Horowitz, will release his full report on the matter on December 9. While the report undermines the president’s most extreme claims,
It also finds fault with how the FBI handled its surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, according to the Post. Specifically, Horowitz found discrepancies and bureaucratic mistakes in how the FBI applied for a warrant seeking the wiretap.