DOJ Watchdog Expected To Downgrade ‘Spying’ On Trump Campaign To ‘Typical Law Enforcement Activities’

In late September, RealClearInvestigations Paul Sperry suggested that Inspector General Michael Horowitz – tasked with investigating and exposing wrongdoing at the highest levels – was feared to be pulling punches in order to protect establishment darlings in his upcoming report on the Russia investigation.

Now we learn that Horowitz, who volunteered on several Democratic political campaigns while in college and is married to a former liberal political activist, Obama donor and CNN employee, is expected to conclude that the FBI didn’t spy on the Trump campaign.

Instead, when longtime FBI / CIA asset Stephan Halper and his undercover FBI ‘assistant’ named “Azra Turk” befriended George Papadopoulos, it was nothing more than “typical law enforcement activities,” according  the New York Times.

Mr. Horowitz found no evidence that Mr. Halper tried to infiltrate the Trump campaign itself, the people familiar with the draft report said, such as by seeking inside campaign information or a role in the organization. The F.B.I. also never directed him to do so, former officials said. Instead, Mr. Halper focused on eliciting information from Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos about their ties to Russia.

Mr. Trump and his allies have pointed to some of the investigative steps the F.B.I. took as evidence of spying, though they were typical law enforcement activities. –NYT

Recall that the Obama administration had paid Halper over $1 million over a several years, with nearly half of it surrounding the 2016 election.

The report is also expected to conclude that Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud – who fed Papadopoulos the rumor that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton – is not an FBI informant. Mifsud, a self-described member of the Clinton Foundation, has been painted by Western media as a Russian asset.

Except, nobody claimed Mifsud was an FBI informant. As The Conservative Treehouse notes, “The concern has always been Mifsud was a western intelligence asset, perhaps CIA.”

Moreover, Horowitz will conclude that while the FBI was ‘careless and unprofessional’ in pursuing a wiretap on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, and that a ‘front-line lawyer’ Kevin Clinesmith, 37, fabricated evidence to support a FISA spy warrant renewal against Page, that the underlying justification to go after page remained intact.

In other slaps on the wrist, Horowitz is expected to criticize DOJ official Bruce Ohr for failing to inform his bosses about his extensive contacts with ‘Steele Dossier’ author Christopher Steele.

And the icing on the cake – last week The Times also reported that while Horowitz will criticize the FBI for how they handled the Trump investigation, “he made no finding of politically biased actions by top officials Mr. Trump has vilified like the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey.”

No wonder Comey and team have been so smug!

The report is expected December 9, while Horowitz is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate days later.

Of course, while Horowitz may or may not give key FBI officials a pass in his report, its only one component of the ongoing efforts by the DOJ.

via zerohedge

18 comments

  1. Whorewitz is an Obama hack. He is not going put forth evidence to involve the big O admin. I have said that all along. He is part of the deep state.

    We are dead as a country. To sad.
    God bless President Trump and the USA.
    Earl

  2. I know they are all Dishonest. Well if the IG report is tainted then Trump has no choice. INSURRECTION ACT OF 1807,big ace in the hole. Five hundred thousand loyal USA Marines will arrest these treasonous pigs!

    1. I agree and I’ve also sent messages to Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. How come they aren’t ones pushing for this. And why isn’t somebody in the White House informing President Trump of these things? I’m so frustrated, I wish more people would start sending this information to the White House. Question is what it actually got delivered

  3. You don’t get accountability by asking a corrupt agency to investigate its own corruption. The question for the people to ask is, who is watching the watch dog?

  4. Civilian oversight is much needed for transparency, honesty, and integrity. As a branch of intelligence those 3 things are a must or we fail as a nation without honor.

  5. Don’t bet the farm on NYT leaks from a source with hearsay evidence. I still say this is going to be bad for the criminal Democrats and some criminal RINOs (maybe Romney).
    The NYT is trying to get out in front of this story to soften the blow that is coming for criminals they have been protecting.
    TRUMP/PENCE ~ 2020 ~ KAG

  6. I hope we have some Generals that are Patriots. It is going to come down to using the Military to arrest and jail the whole treasonous deep state mob. They do take orders from the President.

  7. We all know what happened to President Trump. It’s sickening to think an Obama left over with a Liberal wife was in charge of writing this Report. I pray that the Senate rips his report apart. My prayer is that Durham and Barr report the true findings

  8. Notice how this all hinges on semantics, the FBI never placed “spies” inside President Trump’s campaign they only placed “spies” inside his workers circles to gather information. This stinks to high heaven. In addition the attitude towards President Trump is well if he made a decision and the situation was such that the decision was not affected by the outcome it makes no difference because if you held up money to the Ukraine for defense purposes and the money was released and the Ukrainians never knew it was held up then you still held up the funds for personal gain even though the Ukrainians did not investigate the Bidens according to agreement with the US/Ukrainian Treaty. Then I see people like Robert Redford say I tried to give this President a chance but he is not going for our Green New Deal which will destroy our economy and country so he needs to be impeached. This is all Horse Dung of the highest order. Impeach him lefties and see how We the People respond. It will not be pretty.

  9. This is why so many Americans cannot trust our government. Too many corrupt swamp dwellers! It’s going to take a massive uprising from the American people to get rid of the corruption that is infesting our government. First we vote out ALL Democrats in 2020. Next we push for laws that will eliminate former appointees from previous administrations unless the new president wants to retain them. We push for term limits so that we no longer have career politicians. Now this is a double edged sword because the “great ones” will have to go home after their terms expire. However the “great ones” are free to work in other capacities within the government. Reps can run for Senate, Senators can run for House seats, if they haven’t had a house seat before, They can run for Governor, or get appointed to Cabinet positions. Next we demand a total revamping of ALL the Intelligence agencies. We also need to enact a civilian “watch dog” agency to oversee intelligence agencies. These people must be thoroughly vetted to insure a non partisan agency is put into place. Any big donors to any party will be eliminated. Any Supreme Court Justice, or any appointed high court Judge, found to be partisan or does not rule by the dictates of the constitution, will recalled. A council of constitutional attorneys will oversee this. The American People can vote as to whether these individuals should be removed. New laws must be created to FINE heavily any media organization which does not report truthful information. For example: If stories are not verified by 3 independent sources, the way it used to be, will pay $10 million for each story which is found to be false. Any TV anchor found to be partisan will be fired and fined accordingly. Freedom of the press does not include “fake news” PERIOD! All leaving members of congress will be audited to make sure they did not personally, financially gain from their positions in office. Authors who deliberately write political books in a partisan fashion must present the sources of the information they are writing about. No sources, no publication, PERIOD! No more anonymous sources. If you can’t state publicly the information you hold, then your testimony is invalid. Protection of sources has allowed for too much false information to disseminate. Now as far as “whistle blowers” are concerned, in some cases these people need anonymity, BUT the information MUST be proven true by a review board of investigators. We the People are weary of non vetted stories that are reported as fact, while in the end turn out to be partisan lies! Freedom of speech does not mean we are allowed to lie under the First Amendment. Any so called whistle blower found to have presented false information, should be subject to a severe penalty including jail time! These are my suggestions. Police state? No! Eliminating corruption YES! Any of you out there have other ideas as to how we can clean out the corruption that is destroying our Republic? I’d love to hear them!

  10. Charge every CRIMINAL having anything to do with this travesty of Justice and prosecute the entire bunch! Please include the COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT PARTY at every level of government and federal employees from any agency that are democrat. At this point in human existence anybody that still calls themselves a democrat is truly a communist! As such they should be treated like every other ENEMY of this GREAT FREE NATION! Please don’t stop with just the government, include mass media, big tech and domestic terrorist groups such as that bunch of cowards known as antifa! One more group that MUST be included teachers and professors that vomit the garbage being taught from PRE-K to Ph.D. Not all educators are guilty however their numbers are massive!

  11. ROTFLMFAO, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that this stinks of an OLIGARCHY! Welcome to reality people! you think you have a Constitutional Republic? HAAA! You don’t even have a democracy people! You are owned and ruled by ELITE CORRUPT CAREER POLITICIANS both left and right! You either have to be completely blind or really, really stupid to not see this! But pay no attention because it’s much easer to live in that little protected bubble than it is to face the truth. DJT has repeatedly exposed the OLIGARCHY for what it is but people don’t listen! Cognitive dissonance comes to mind! When the truth is just too hard to accept, just believe the lie! In a few years when your children wake up to find they have no freedom and no liberty and no way to extract themselves from poverty or to even better their lives, I’m sure they will forgive you for keeping your eyes closed tight! Someone once said, America will never fall from an outside force. But it damn sure has fallen from an inside force!

  12. Sounds like Horowitz finally caught up with the swamp fix. Perhaps the people will have to vote out every liberal in the government to get justice reestablished in America again.

  13. After reading all of the e-mail comments I am going to concentrate on the “real
    Santa Claus for this Christmas season. I trust in the birth of Jesus Christ, and
    Saint Nicholas who truly gave out candies to small children. I am 77 years young, and
    “NO” IG Horowitz will not annihilate. my Christmas Hope & Peace! Amen!!!

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