Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), said there was collusion between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the FBI, referring to the FBI’s spying on the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
Hawley said so when he questioned Inspector General Michael Horowitz before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11 about the report presented confirming that the DNC financed the Steele dossier used by the FBI to spy on Trump’s campaign.
The document prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele was initially dismissed by the CIA as an “Internet rumor,” but was later used by the FBI to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on the campaign, according to the Washington Examiner.
FBI agents did not inform FISA officials that Steele’s dossier was paid for by the DNC and the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
In Hawley’s view, it was unusual for an organization the size of the FBI to spy on a presidential campaign and then on the elected president.
“To get the FBI to launch surveillance of a rival presidential campaign, and then into the newly elected president’s term, I think it is just extraordinary,” said Hawley. “It is absolutely extraordinary,” he stated according to CNS News.
He also questioned whether the public could rely on a security agency that collaborated in this way with the election campaign of one of the parties.
“I for one don’t know how any American can have confidence in that institution [FBI] and the integrity of our elections, if things like this can happen,” the senator said.
The irregularities in the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign are surrounded by implications that will lead to new investigations and eventually uncover those responsible for them.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz described as “pretty bad” the actions carried out by FBI agents to obtain FISA (Foreign Intelligence Act) warrants to monitor Carter Page, campaign adviser to then presidential candidate Donald Trump.