President Donald Trump on Monday, Dec. 9, said the report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed that FBI officials “fabricated evidence” and “lied to the courts.”
Horowitz “identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions” in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications to surveil President Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
Horowitz confirmed in the report that the FBI relied on material that were paid for by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in order to get a FISA warrant on President Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
“This was an overthrow of government, this was an attempted overthrow and a lot of people were in on it and they got caught,” said President Trump and “They got caught red-handed.”
“It’s a disgrace what’s happened with the things that were done to our country,” the president said to a group of Republican senators and state officials at the White House, following the public release of inspector general the nearly 500-page report. The White House tweeted President Trump’s comments.
President @realDonaldTrump on the Department of Justice Inspector General’s Report: “It’s a disgrace what’s happened with respect to the things that were done to our country. It should never again happen to another President.” pic.twitter.com/3U56O6kdas
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 9, 2019
President Trump stated that he found the inspector general (IG) report deeply disturbing upon finding out that the FBI tried to “overthrow” an election through its investigation of his 2016 campaign.
“It’s incredible, far worse than what I ever thought possible,” President Trump said, “It’s a very sad day when I see that.”
“It should never again happen to another president,” said President Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House during a roundtable meeting on the freedom of education.
The IG report was an embarrassment for law enforcement officials across the country, said Pam Bondi, special adviser to the president and former Florida attorney general.
“There are so many of us who are career law enforcement today are outraged and I think that the American people really should be terrified that this could happen to you,” said Bondi, according to a report from Breitbart.com.
Bondi condemned the FBI officials for fabricating and falsifying emails, lying, and omitting evidence, stating that it was a “horrible day for our country.”
Most FBI officials who were involved had left the agency or had been removed from their positions, FBI Director Christopher Wray informed Horowitz in a letter also announced on Monday. Likewise, the same had happened in the Department of Justice.
The Horowitz’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,” said Barr.
“It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory,” stated Barr, who added “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,” said Barr.
The inspector general found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory,” he added.
President Trump stated that what was unveiled in the Horowitz report was unprecedented, and that such intelligence abuses were “probably something that’s never happened in the history of our country.”