20191209: The OIG Report, the day the earth stood still.

Here is the link to the OIG Report. https://www.justice.gov/storage/120919-examination.pdf

It’s 476 pages. Dig through it at will.

Here’s Nadler’s latest letter.

Here is Barr’s Response:

“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”

Barr again in statement defending Trump: “It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.”

https://www.mediaite.com/trump/ag-bill-barr-lambasts-fbi-inquiry-of-trump-following-release-of-report-that-found-fbi-was-not-biased-against-trump/

More from Barr in total:
“Nothing is more important than the credibility and integrity of the FBI and the Department of Justice. That is why we must hold our investigators and prosecutors to the highest ethical and professional standards. The Inspector General’s investigation has provided critical transparency and accountability, and his work is a credit to the Department of Justice. I would like to thank the Inspector General and his team.
The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory. While most of the misconduct identified by the Inspector General was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.
FISA is an essential tool for the protection of the safety of the American people. The Department of Justice and the FBI are committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to rectify the abuses that occurred and to ensure the integrity of the FISA process going forward.
No one is more dismayed about the handling of these FISA applications than Director Wray. I have full confidence in Director Wray and his team at the FBI, as well as the thousands of dedicated line agents who work tirelessly to protect our country. I thank the Director for the comprehensive set of proposed reforms he is announcing today, and I look forward to working with him to implement these and any other appropriate measures.
With respect to DOJ personnel discussed in the report, the Department will follow all appropriate processes and procedures, including as to any potential disciplinary action.”

Here is Durham’s Response:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 9, 2019

Statement of U.S. Attorney John H. Durham

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff.  However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department.  Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.  Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” 

https://www.justice.gov/usao-ct/pr/statement-us-attorney-john-h-durham

Nunes Response:

Here is Wray’s Reponse:

December 6, 2019

The Honorable Michael Horowitz
Inspector General
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Inspector General Horowitz:

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Report titled, “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation” (Report).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appreciates the OIG’s crucial independent oversight role and the thoroughness and professionalism your office brought to this work. The Report’s findings and recommendations represent constructive criticism that will make us stronger as an organization. We also appreciate the Report’s recognition that the FBI cooperated fully with this review and provided broad and timely access to all information requested by the OIG, including highly classified and sensitive material involving national security.

The Report concludes that the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation and related investigations of certain individuals were opened in 2016 for an authorized purpose and with adequate factual predication. The Report also details instances in which certain FBI personnel, at times during the 2016-2017 period reviewed by the OIG, 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. We are vested with significant authorities, and it is our obligation as public servants to ensure that these authorities are exercised with objectivity and integrity. Anything less falls short of the FBI’s duty to the American people.

Accordingly, the FBI accepts the Report’s findings and embraces the need for thoughtful, meaningful remedial action. I have ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the Report’s recommendations. Because our credibility and brand are central to fulfilling our mission, we are also making improvements beyond those recommended by the OIG. And where certain individuals have been referred by the OIG for review of their conduct, the FBI will not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary action if warranted at the completion of the required procedures for disciplinary review.

Below is a summary of the actions we are taking, which we describe in more detail in the attachment to this letter.

First, we are modifying our processes under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), both for initial applications and renewals, to enhance accuracy and completeness. The FBI relies on FISA every day in national security investigations to prevent terrorists and foreign intelligence services from harming the United States. We are making concrete changes to ensure that our FISA protocols, verifications, layers of review, record-keeping requirements, and audits are more stringent and less susceptible to mistake or inaccuracy. These new processes will also ensure that the FISA Court and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are apprised of all information in the FBI’s holdings relevant to a determination of probable cause

Second, we undertook an extensive review of investigative activity based out of FBI Headquarters. The FBI is a field-based law enforcement organization, and the vast majority of our investigations should continue to be worked by our field offices. Moving forward, in the very rare instance when FBI Headquarters runs a sensitive investigation, we are requiring prior approval by the FBI Deputy Director and consultation with the Assistant Director in Charge or Special Agent in Charge of the affected field offices.

Third, we are making significant changes to how the FBI manages its Confidential Human Source (CHS) Program. Many FBI investigations rely on human sources, but the investigative value derived from CHS-provided information rests in part on the CHS’s credibility, which demands rigorous assessment of the source. The modifications we are making to how the FBI collects, documents, and shares information about CHSs will strengthen our assessment of the information these sources are providing.

Fourth, I am establishing new protocols for the FBI’s participation in Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)-led counterintelligence transition briefings (i.e., strategic intelligence briefings) provided to presidential nominees. The FBI’s role in these briefings should be for national security purposes and not for investigative purposes. Continued participation by the FBI in these transition briefings is critical to ensuring continuity in the event of a change in administrations. The new FBI protocols about transition briefings will complement procedures already implemented by the FBI earlier this year to govern the separate category of defensive briefings. The FBI gives defensive briefings, which are based on specific threat information, in a wide variety of contexts and for myriad federal, state, and other public and private individuals and entities. The procedures we recently established for defensive briefings regarding malign foreign influence efforts have brought a new rigor and discipline to whether and how such briefings should proceed.

Fifth, I am mandating a specialized, semiannual training requirement for FBI personnel at all levels who handle FISA and CHS matters. This training will be experience-based, and it will cover specific lessons learned from this Report, along with other new and revised material. Earlier in my tenure as Director, I reinstated an annual ethics training program for all FBI employees, because I learned the training had been discontinued in prior years. While that training was not introduced in response to this Report, all current FBI employees involved in the 2016-2017 events reviewed by the OIG have since completed this additional training in ethics and professional responsibility.

Finally, we will review the performance and conduct of certain FBI employees who were referenced in the Report’s recommendations — including managers, supervisors, and senior officials at the time. The FBI will take appropriate disciplinary action where warranted. Notably, many of the employees described in the report are no longer employed at the FBI.

I want to emphasize that the FBI’s participation in this process was undertaken with my express direction to be as transparent as possible, while honoring our duty to protect sources and methods that, if disclosed, might make Americans less safe. Where protection of certain sensitive information is well-founded, I remain committed to upholding the laws and longstanding policies governing classification and public release. I am just as committed to the principle that possible embarrassment and chagrin to the FBI or its employees is not, and should never be, the basis of a decision not to divulge FBI information. The FBI has worked closely with the OIG and DOJ on the classification issues implicated by the Report. Our joint process with the OIG and DOJ has ensured all material facts could be presented in this Report, with redactions carefully limited and narrowly tailored to specific national security and operational concerns. I am grateful for the mutual assistance of the OIG and DOJ in responsible presentation of this extremely sensitive information.

Since becoming FBI Director in August 2017, I have emphasized to FBI agents, analysts, and staff the importance of doing things the right way, by the book. I am humbled to serve alongside these dedicated men and women, and I am confident that the actions we are taking will strengthen our historic institution, ensure that we continue to discharge our responsibilities objectively and free from political bias, and better position us to protect the American people against threats while upholding the Constitution.

Sincerely,

Christopher A. Wray

Director

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-director-christopher-wray-response-to-inspector-general-report

Let’s see how The Boss responds.

611 thoughts on “20191209: The OIG Report, the day the earth stood still.

  1. THIS!

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  3. 🔒 ‘EM ⬆️ !!!

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      1. I’m expecting to see a number of people dying of natural causes, i.e., life extending measures stopped.

        3600
        There Is No Escaping God
        Q
        !!mG7VJxZNCI
        16 Nov 2019 – 1:21:10 PM
        For those who decide to save the taxpayers some money.
        There is no escaping God.
        Q

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        1. Comey’s decided to paint his wagon:

          I talk to the trees
          But they don’t listen to me
          I talk to the stars
          But they never hear me

          The breeze hasn’t time
          To stop and hear what I say
          I talk to them all in vain

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  4. Horowitz testimony on Wednesday.

    Will be quite telling how many times Horowitz refuses to answer questions based on, “ON GOING INVESTIGATIONS”.

    As in Bull Durham investigating…;-)

    Betcha, “ongoing investigation” is cited numerous times to both sides of the aisle. D-rats as they try to proclaim the innocence of their guilty cohorts. AND, RepubliCONs as they try to focus in on the crimes we know occurred.

    likely will be quite entertaining watching D-Rats scurry and MCM fools try to put a happy face on criminal investigations.

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    1. Mr Gil and I said wth is a performance failure? “Oh gee sorry my bad I put that payment for the customers new tv in my pocket instead of the registet, but its just a performance failure…oops.”

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  5. 17 inaccuracies or omissions about Carter Page warrant and all of them wet against Team Trump.
    I did the math.
    Chances of all 17 going against President are 131,072 to One.

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    1. You have the right idea; I know exactly how you got that number; you raised 2 to the 17th power.

      But you double-counted the “one”, it should read “131,071 to 1 against” or “one in 131,072.”

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  6. I used to go by the handle, “Exfiltration of Wealth” as an attempt to insert that concept in the hearts and minds of the readers here and at CTH.
    With the release of the IG report today, I’m changing my handle to “Jury Nullification” with the same intent.
    I would hope to encourage anyone who is called to serve on a jury to take the opportunity to express their profound displeasure with our judicial system and law enforcement in a very real way.
    We can vote, but short of taking up arms against our government, the only recourse we have is when called upon to serve on a jury, say all of the right things to get selected, and then vote our displeasure towards the system through exercising our right for Jury Nullification. Spread the word, people, and join me in this act of Civil disobedience.

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      1. I knew the OIG report was dropped prior to the watch time but as soon as I saw the other 2 statements for DOJ and Durham I thought, What time were they released? THOSE are the watch statements! Turns out, they all 3 came out at the watch time. All at the same time….Very supervised and planned

        When I got home I couldn’t find the time, just the date, on the web sites.

        See post below confirming that these were the watch predictions

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        1. Correction – I thought the report had dropped early but it hadn’t. When I thinking it dropped early I was thinking it was the other two that counted and had been predicted. But now I see all 3 at the same time. Sorry, wrote post to fast

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  7. Keep your eyes on Papadop!!!

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    1. wheatietoo
      My opinion: Here’s what may well happen next with LISA PAGE —
      She’ll start sending photos of herself waling through the forest and musing, “So many questions…” a la COMEY, or something like that.
      Because she’ll realize that this is her only ticket to possible safety.

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    2. I am in twitter jail for 12 hours. I responded to a comment in her TL where I said she committed sedition and needs to be hung. My tweet was considered promoting violence. Actually I thought I was promoting justice. 😎👊😎

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        1. I tried it, it works.

          Also, you can’t hover over it and go to the link, because it isn’t actually a link.

          This is REALLY COOL. I don’t have any idea how something like this is done. I have had formatting in a pdf document that is invisible until it is copied and pasted, but I don’t know how to deliberately do it.

          But this was done purposefully. 100%.

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    1. Where’s that suspicious cat?

      Now, how would PM know to copy paste that link? To test the link?

      Simply odd. No moar brain cells on this one…g turns into q.

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      1. Praying Medic isn’t the only one tweeting about it…there are others pointing it out too.

        I don’t know what to make of it.

        But I think it’s pretty Qewl.
        😀😁

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    1. There sure are a lot of coincidences happening. I opened the OIG tweet myself…it states 7:29PM<<<that is Central European Time minus 6 hours for EST aka 1:29PM EST.

      Then you have Corney Comey. I tried to get the letter m from other words in the report to split into rn in other copy pastes from the report…all remained as an m. Does OCR spell-check and auto-correct?

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  10. If you want to listen to the IG Report being read aloud, by the actor Adam Baldwin…there is a link here to access it.

    Adam Baldwin is a conservative and a Trump supporter.
    He is not related to Alec Baldwin.

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    1. I keep seeing reports of this. Are they saying that “Comey” was misspelled as “Corney” throughout the report? Or is it some kind of software glitch (maybe intentionally inserted, if that’s even possible)?

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      1. if one ‘cuts’ the mat the top, it becomes an r and an n
        thus corn is cut … and
        Corney results in an optical illusion as Comey while the search engine detects it as C o r n e y
        we see it as C o m e y

        Would be most useful in hiding text written in communications

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      2. Could be buggy OCR software… Wolf mentioned pdf-to-pdf transfers… possibly to scrub layers/metadata (someone got really burned by that a couple of years back; plus, you can sometimes remove quick-and-dirty redactions that way by stripping layers if the pdf is generated carelessly)…

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  11. AND, probably in this series of posts, but i missed it.

    Saw over OT, Ms Lindsey read part of the dossier WITH McStain while in Ukraine. Thought it was damning on its surface. Wondered if Trump was a bad guy.
    – Either knew McStain was going to give it to FIB, AND OR agreed, give it to FIB.

    Will be interesting to watch President Trump rallies AND how he interacts with Ms Lindsey. Wonder i there is a Republican that can primary Linsdey off the general ballot.

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    1. I have the optimistic view that, whatever Graham did under McCain’s influence, that is over and Graham is trying to ride the Trump Train. When Pres. Trump was elected, I thought he would have a strong influence on milquetoast Repubs and that they woudl grow stronger by following his lead and example. I imagine that Pres. Trump has had a number of contacts with Lindsey Graham, and I have hope for him.

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