Former FBI Director James Comey admitted that the bureau made “embarrassing” and “concerning” mistakes when it obtained court warrants to spy on former Donald Trump aide Carter Page, but defended the FBI’s 2016 investigation into alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia. “This was an investigation that was appropriately predicated, and that had to be opened, and it was – in the main – conducted in the right way”, Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, commenting on the Horowitz report on the FBI-led Trump-Russia probe, which detailed significant omissions and errors in how the bureau led the investigation, Comey said: “This reflects on me entirely, and it’s my responsibility… I’m not looking to shirk responsibility”. At the same time, the 59-year-old said that there is no indication that the bureau and its employees did “bad things on purpose”, referring to an FBI lawyer falsifying an email to support the bureau’s surveillance of Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Carter Page. Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham said that the omissions and errors that were made by the FBI while it was investigating the alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia “weren’t random”, but politically oriented. “They… Read full this story
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