Department of Justice’s Own Inspector General Released the Report Monday Finding Conclusive Evidence of No Political Bias in Investigation’s Origins

WASHINGTON – Today, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) highlighted conclusive evidence in the report from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) that political bias did not affect the FBI’s decision to investigate people associated with the Trump campaign and that the investigation was warranted. The report also found that the FBI did not improperly use confidential sources or undercover agents in its investigation.

KLOBUCHAR: Does anything in your report call into question the assessment by FBI Director Ray that Russians’ interference in our elections is ongoing, and that its interference in the 2018 midterms were a quote, dress rehearsal, end quote, for the 2020 elections?

HOROWITZ: No, it doesn’t.

KLOBUCHAR: Does anything in your report call into question the finding in the special counsel’s report that quote the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome?

HOROWITZ: We don’t take issue with any part of the special counsel’s report now.

KLOBUCHAR: Okay. Did you find any evidence that political bias or other improper considerations affected the FBI’s decision to open the investigation into George Papadopoulos?

HOROWITZ: No, we don't.

KLOBUCHAR: Did you find any evidence that political bias or other improper considerations affected the decision to open the investigation into Paul Manafort?

HOROWITZ: No, we don’t.

KLOBUCHAR: Did you find any evidence that political bias or other improper considerations affected the decision to open the investigation into Michael Flynn?

HOROWITZ: We did not.

KLOBUCHAR:  Did you find any investigation that political bias or other improper considerations affected the decision to open the investigation into Carter Page?

HOROWITZ: No, no documentary or testimonial evidence, or other evidence.

KLOBUCHAR: So we are clear, did your report uncover systemic political bias at the FBI?

HOROWITZ: As to what we looked at in the openings, we did not find documentary testimonial evidence to support a finding of bias. 

For video footage of Klobuchar’s remarks, click HERE.

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