DOJ watchdog finds Russia investigation not improper, despite missteps
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DOJ watchdog finds Russia investigation not improper, despite missteps.
The report contradicts claims by Trump that the investigation was unlawful.
Horowitz said the office "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced [Priestap's] decision."
However, Horowitz in his year-and-a-half long investigation uncovered "serious performance failures" on the part of agents involved in the FISA applications for surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, according to the report.
While Horowitz found no evidence of political bias or improper motivation for the FISA applications for Page, he documented what he described as serious errors and omissions that "made it appear that the information supporting probable cause was stronger than was actually the case."
Horowitz said the errors "raised significant questions regarding the FBI chain of command's management and supervision of the FISA process."
In a statement reacting to the report's release, Attorney General William Barr stated that he believed the evidence compiled by Horowitz showed that the FBI "launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken."
"It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory," Barr said. "Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration."
Prior to its public release, the report was transmitted to Congress where lawmakers and aides reviewed it with staff from Horowitz's office, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News. Horowitz is set to testify on the report's findings on Wednesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
ABC's Katherine Faulders and Benjamin Siegel contributed reporting to this piece.