House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has stated, that after the Department of Justice inspector general (DOJIG) released his report, the FBI under James Comey had spied on the Trump 2016 campaign.
Although the report found the FBI was authorized to undertake an investigation, it had committed several wrongdoings in the process.
The FBI is fully aware of the rules—this was no mistake.
According to the report, “We do not speculate whether the correction of any particular misstatement or omissions or some combination thereof, would have resulted in a different outcome. Nevertheless, the department’s decision-makers and the court should have been given complete and accurate information so that they could meaningfully evaluate probable cause before authorizing the surveillance of a U.S. person associated with a presidential campaign.”
Jordan said the FBI had spied on a number of people, something that had not previously been known.
In a statement on Monday, Dec. 9, Jordan said, We thought they spied on two Americans, we now know it was four. The inspector general’s report confirms what many of us feared: James Comey’s FBI ignored guidelines and rules in spying on President Trump’s campaign in 2016. We now know that within one week of the investigation opening, the FBI was surveilling the campaign and four specific individuals associated with it.
“The U.S. government’s powerful tools designed and authorized for international intelligence gathering were deployed to monitor the activities of a presidential campaign,” Jordan added. “This is a grave matter that should deeply trouble Americans of all political stripes. There are many lingering questions, and I expect both Chairman Nadler and Chairwoman Maloney to convene hearings with Inspector General Horowitz as soon as possible.”
We thought they spied on two Americans, we now know it was FOUR.
The Inspector General’s report confirms what many of us feared: James Comey’s FBI ignored guidelines and rules in spying on President Trump’s campaign in 2016. (1/4)
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 9, 2019
Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that the report showed the FBI “launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions,” reports The Hill.
President Trump called an “attempted overthrow,” on Monday at the White House during a roundtable event on education.
“This was an overthrow of government, this was an attempted overthrow, and a lot of people were in on it, and they got caught, they got caught red-handed,” he said.
“I think I’m going to put this down as one of our great achievements. Because what we found and what we saw—never, ever should this happen again in our country,” Trump continued.