*There was no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced” the decision to open the counter-intelligence probe into possible Russian meddling known as “Crossfire Hurricane.”
* Neither Lisa Page nor Peter Strzok, ex-FBI officials who sent a series of anti-Trump texts to one another, played a determinative role in operation “Crossfire Hurricane.” Of Page, Horowitz wrote: “While Lisa Page attended some of the discussions regarding the opening of the investigations, she did not play a role in the decision to open Crossfire Hurricane or the four individual cases.” Of Strzok, Horowitz concluded: “We further found that while Strzok was directly involved in the decisions to open Crossfire Hurricane and the four individual cases, he was not the sole, or even the highest-level, decision maker as to any of those matters.” That finding runs directly counter to Trump’s repeated insistence that the “lovers” Strzok and Page — the two were engaged in an extramarital affair during the 2016 election — were somehow actively shaping the counter-intelligence operation to target him and keep him from office.
Let’s be clear here: Trump said that a series of “deep state” actors embedded within the Justice Department opened a counterintelligence operation based on a dossier paid for by his political opponents and was propped up throughout the election by people who were out to get him. According to the Justice Department Inspector General, none of that is true. Let me repeat: None of that is true.
And it is true that the IG report noted that there were a number of errors in the way in which the FISA applications were made to wiretap former Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page beginning in the fall of 2016. But there is no evidence in the Horowitz report suggesting that these errors were made purposely or with some broader attempt at coordination by Trump’s so-called “deep state” enemies.
Because we live in an era of hyper-partisanship in which facts and findings are somehow subject to whether you support President Trump or not, the IG report will likely change very little. Trump — as signaled by the Barr statement — will insist that the wrongdoings in the FISA applications surrounding Page are the REAL story here.
“The IG report just came out and I was just briefed on it and it’s a disgrace what’s happened with respect to the things that were done to our country,” Trump said in response to the IG report on Monday afternoon. “It should never again happen to another president. It is incredible, far worse than I would’ve ever thought possible and it’s an embarrassment to our country, it’s dishonest, it’s everything that a lot of people thought it would be, except far worse.”
But let’s not confuse the issue: The President of the United States has said publicly — and repeatedly — that he was the victim of a “deep state” conspiracy aimed at keeping him out of office and hamstringing him while in office. A detailed report by an independent official within his own administration just made clear that’s not true.