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dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said a report about FBI officials filing inaccurate information to get a surveillance warrant for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 highlighted the need for reforms.
A report from the Department of Justice Inspector General released this week found the agency filed inaccurate information to get a surveillance warrant for Trump's campaign.
“There is such a range of conduct here that is inexplicable and the answers we got were not satisfactory that we’re left trying to understand how could all these errors have occurred over a nine-month period or so among three teams handpicked, one of the highest-profile, the highest-profile case in the FBI, going to the top of the organization involving a presidential campaign,” Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Horowitz’s report also found there was no political bias among those involved in the Trump campaign investigation.
Before Wednesday's hearing on the report, Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, had downplayed its significance.
“Republicans were promising this Inspector General report would be a ‘deep-state’ bombshell,” Drubin said in a statement Tuesday. “That turns out to be ‘fake news.’”
On Wednesday during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Durbin said what happened was the latest in a series of cases where the surveillance courts were misled by the FBI dating back to 2002.
“The list goes on and on, so let's have a fulsome conversation after this about the future of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court and the representations made to it,” Durbin said.
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said Durbin’s statement was interesting because some Democrats sought to minimize the report.
“I don’t know why you’d use this as a platform to do that unless you thought that this is a clear case of where the FISA process was abused,” Tillis said.
Illinois U.S. Rep Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, said the reported wrongdoing was not fake news. He agreed with Durbin that changes were needed.
“It goes to show that this was a flawed investigation, that the FBI made a mistake, that people need to be held accountable, but it should put everybody on notice that we need to have FISA reform,” LaHood said.
LaHood said the report was limited to the FBI. U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting a criminal investigation.
“He has an active grand jury looking into this and I think he’s developing information and talking with different people involved in this and I have all the confidence in the world with him,” LaHood said. “He is a career prosecutor, career Department of Justice employee.”
Durham issued a statement Tuesday calling into question some of the findings in the Horowitz report.
“Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.,” Durham said in a statement. “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.”