Crossfire Hurricane Alright, says Jumping Jack Flash

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Crossfire Hurricane Alright, says Jumping Jack Flash

Postby toucana on December 9th, 2019, 10:07 pm 

The US Justice Department has released a long-awaited report by its own Inspector General Michael Horowitz into the origins of the FBI investigation into Russian intererence in the 2016 US presidential election.

President Trump and his enablers in the GOP and Fox News have long maintained that the FBI investigation was part of a ‘deep-state’ conspiracy to undermine the legitimacy of his presidency.

The Inspector General Michael Horowitz however concluded
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."

"Crossfire Hurricane" was begun solely because of information provided to the State Department by a "Friendly Foreign Government."

It is well known that FFG in question was Australia which reported conversations between Trump aide George Papadopolous, and an Australian diplomat in Britain during which Papadopolus claimed that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The report also found that 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. 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. Horowitz 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.

The much discussed Steele Report which began life as a Republican funded piece of opposition research was found to have been of little significance beyond that of encouraging the FBI to renew an already extant FISA surveillance warrant on Trump aide Carter Page who travelled to Russia with some frequency during the 2016 election process. The handling of this FISA process was one of the few areas where the IG had any criticisms to make of the FBI’s adherence to departmental protocols and norms.

Attorney General Wiliiam Barr was noticeably quick to criticise this latest DOJ report, and has tried to downplay its signficance by misrepresenting its major conclusions in media briefings - (Just as he did with the OSC report by Robert Mueller).
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