While the long-awaited 476 page DOJ Inspector General report (embedded here) documented a long laundry list of failures and "mistakes' on the part of former high level FBI officials during the 2016 presidential campaign season, what it highlighted even more glaringly was the outright incompetence and deliberate pushing of "fake news" by the mainstream media for three-plus years.
There is no shortage of partisan analysis regarding the IG report to be found around the Internet, and readers are always encouraged to read the entire list of FBI failures and wrong-doing for themselves, but it is worth mentioning that both the U.S. Attorney, John Durham, that has been tasked with the criminal investigation into the "origins" of the Russia investigation, and Attorney General Bill Barr, both immediately came out publicly to take issue with the IG's conclusions that the investigation into the Trump campaign was predicated properly.
Durham's statement is noteworthy in many respects.
First, Durham is not known for making public statements about his ongoing investigation. Secondly, the statement diplomatically makes it clear that while the IG's investigation was thorough, it was limited by the powers and authority of the Inspector General, where Durham's investigation is not limited in the same manner.
The IG cannot compel a witness, nor does he have subpoena power. Durham can do both. The IG did not have access to former FBI employees unless they offered statements willingly.Durham can force them to comply. The IG has not access to employees from other intelligence agencies, Durham does.
What Durham's statement makes very clear is that he has uncovered information that the IG was restrained from uncovering, which contradicts the IG's finding that the investigation into the Trump campaign was predicated properly.
THE BIGGEST LOSERS ARE THE ESTABLISHMENT MEDIA THAT LIED FOR THREE YEARS
While the FBI was humiliated as the IG documented dozens upon dozens of FBI failures and the way the agency misled the FISA court in order to obtain a warrant to surveil Cater page to spy on the Trump campaign, the biggest losers in the entire fiasco are the media personalities that insisted the FBI and other agencies did not rely on the unverified "Steele dossier" in order to obtain those warrants from the FISA court and those that claimed the "Nune's Memo" which detailed the fraud perpetrated upon the court was false, when in reality, the IG report confirmed everything that was written in the Nune's Memo.
Monday’s Justice Department Inspector General report on the FBI’s Trump -Russia probe is illuminating in many ways, not least the light it casts on the previous claims by politicians when they were telling the public about what they saw in classified documents. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff in particular has been exposed for distortions and falsehoods.
Americans first learned about the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process in a February 2018 memo from then House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes. The memo disclosed that the FBI had obtained surveillance warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court against former Trump aide Carter Page ; that the dossier written by ex-British spook Christopher Steele and financed by the Clinton campaign had formed an “essential” part of that application; and that the FBI failed to tell the FISA court about Mr. Steele’s political and media ties.
This was news, but Mr. Schiff and Democrats called the Nunes memo false and weeks later released a rival summary of the classified FISA evidence. Now the IG has settled the debate by confirming the details in the Nunes memo and exposing Mr. Schiff’s untruths.
As an example of the type of "fake news" liberal writers were pushing regarding the Nune's Memo, at the time it and the Schiff rebuttal was released, we look to the Lawfare blog, which wrote in March 2018:
The central irony of the memo prepared by House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes, we now know, is that it tried to deceive the American people in precisely the same way that it falsely accused the FBI of deceiving the FISA Court. The key question going forward is whether the memo’s authors and sponsors will face any consequences for their dishonesty. If not, we can expect to see more of the same, with potentially dire results.
Interestingly that post has not been updated or corrected, no editors note has been added to acknowledge that the IG report actually confirmed the Nune's Memo and debunked the lies in the Schiff rebuttal, but a look at the front page of the Lawfare blog today and we do not see anything about how Adam Schiff and his memo's authors and sponsors should face "consequences for their dishonesty."
At the time most of the liberal establishment media mimicked much of the nonsense written by Lawfare, yet we see no apologies by the MSM for their false claims and misleading articles.
MSM personalities were just as, if not more so, irresponsible on their social media accounts in asserting that the "Steele dossier" was not used or was not key to obtaining the FISA warrants needed to spy on the Trump campaign. An argument completely destroyed by the IG report, which stated clearly "We determined that the Crossfire Hurricane team’s receipt of Steele’s election reporting on September 19, 2016 played a central and essential role in the FBI’s and Department’s decision to seek the FISA order."
Washington Post reporter Shane Harris's statement on January 11, 2018 is representative of how these media personalities lied to their followers/readers, when he stated "Yes. I am telling you the dossier was not used as the basis for a FISA warrant on Carter Page."
Read the full compiled list and see how wrong they all were, which to date, they still haven't apologized for.
His statement about the media is brutal in its honesty:
I’ve written about how reporters used sleight of hand to get the Steele dossier into print without putting it through a vetting process. What Horowitz describes is worse: a story about bad journalism piled on bad journalism, balanced on a third layer of wrong reporting.
Taibbi's concluding statement from his article states "No matter what people think the political meaning of the Horowitz report might be, reporters who read it will know: Anybody who touched this nonsense in print should be embarrassed."
ATTORNEY GENERAL CALLS OUT THE 'IRRESPONSIBLE PRESS'
In an interview with NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams, Attorney General William Barr discussed the IG report and told Williams "I think our nation was turned on its head for three years. I think based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press."
In the clips below, Barr speaks about the IG report and Durham's investigation, and Barr's assertion that the Trump campaign was spied upon.
The entire interview is embedded at the bottom of this article.
The FBI suffered massive embarrassment when the IG report was released, where 17 "mistakes" just in regards to the FISA warrant on Carter Page and the subsequent renewals were exposed, along with systematic and egregious failures from a number of intelligence community members, but it is the media, that ram with blatantly false stories, just because it fit their preferred narrative, that has suffered the worst humiliation.
Their agenda has been exposed, they are being called out on social media for their three years-plus lies and pushing of fake news and some are being forced to correct articles that are over two years old because the IG report has proven their "exclusive" scoops to be outright lies.
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