Republican Senator Ted Cruz said the recently released 434-page report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is a “stunning indictment of the FBI and the Justice Department.”
The comment came during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday afternoon where Horowitz testified and clarified the findings of his investigation, through challenging questions by both Republican and Democratic members.
“We did not find any documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to conduct these operations [involving confidential human sources]. Additionally, we found no evidence that the FBI attempted to place any CHSs (confidential human sources) within the Trump campaign, recruit members of the Trump campaign as CHSs, or task CHSs to report on the Trump campaign,” Horowitz testified.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz faced tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, as lawmakers pressed him on findings in his report that determined the Russia investigation was proper, despite major errors on the part of the FBI. https://t.co/YsxDi25Ock pic.twitter.com/h4kvjSiXGb
— ABC News (@ABC) December 12, 2019
In the exchange with Cruz, Horowitz also shockingly admitted that the FBI falsified information and then used the same information in a statement before a court.
Cruz asked: “A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email that is in turn used as the basis for a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?”
Horowitz agreed, saying: “That’s correct. That’s what occurred.”
ABC News adds:
Horowitz acknowledged that the FBI didn’t do all it could to “meet the basic obligation to ensure that the (former Trump campaign adviser) Carter Page FISA applications were ‘scrupulously accurate.'”
“We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked investigative teams, on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations, after the matter had been briefed to the highest levels within the FBI; even though the information sought through use of FISA authority related so closely to an ongoing presidential campaign; and even though those involved with the investigation knew that their actions were likely to be subjected to close scrutiny,” he testified.
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Horowitz said he was deeply troubled by the altering of a document used in the FISA process, as detailed in the report.
“I have not seen an alteration of an email impacting a court document like this,” Horowitz told Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. But he wouldn’t agree that the report shows a “grotesque abuse of power,” as Cruz alleged earlier.
“We did not reach a conclusion like that. So, I wouldn’t agree with that at this point. From my standpoint, people can have that viewpoint. But that was not our conclusion,” he said.
Watch the exchange below:
This exchange. Staggering.
Cruz: “A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email that is in turn used as the basis for a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?"
Horowitz: "That's correct. That's what occurred" pic.twitter.com/pnsp7gssT1
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) December 11, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) December 12, 2019
The report was released on Monday—the same day Democrats unveiled the articles of impeachment they were bringing against President Trump.