Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) opened a committee hearing on Wednesday on the Department of Justices Inspector Generals report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) investigation, saying there were widespread problems at the agency when it spied on a campaign aide of President Donald Trump.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz was called before the committee and Graham said the report revealed widespread corruption at the nations top law enforcement agency. Horowitz concluded that the errors amounted to a failure that implicated the chain of command at the FBI responsible for handling the FISA applications, including senior officials.
What started off as a few irregularities in the FBI morphed into a criminal conspiracy to defraud the FISA court system, illegally monitor a U.S. citizen, and keep an operation open into a sitting president, Graham stated.
The report didnt just show “a few irregularities,” he said. “What happened here is the system failed. People at the highest level of government took the law in their own hands.”
“These are a few bad people that couldnt believe Trump” won, he said, adding “this is bad stuff.”
Meanwhile, the FBI never briefed Trump about potential issues or security risks during his campaign, Graham stated, asking: “Why did they not tell him that?”
Mainstream media outlets, Graham argued, have dismissed Horowitzs report by and large by saying that the FBI made a few errors at a low level.
Graham said of the medias coverage: “You clearly didnt read it. If thats your takeaway that this thing was lawfully predicated, and thats the main point, you miss the entire report.”
“The first thing I want you to know is how the cake is baked here and my goal is to make sure … you look at this as more than a few irregularities, because if this becomes a few irregularities in America, then God help us all,” the chairman said.
Horowitz formally announced the investigation into alleged abuse of the FISA process in March 2018. Page, a Trump campaign aide, was placed under surveillance after the FISA application was approved.
He submitted a draft report to the DOJ in September. The inspector generals office interviewed more than 170 witnesses and reviewed more than 1 million documents as part of the investigation. Horowitz released the report as Democrats held the latest round of impeachment hearings.
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