Durham issues statement on FISA report

The Justice Department is moving ahead with prosecutions related to the events detailed in the FISA report, according to U.S. Attorney John H. Durham:

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff.  However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department.  Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.  Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” 

For folks who are not familiar with how the federal government operates, an inspector general essentially has a human resources role in the agency. They cannot take criminal action against anyone themselves. Their investigation is limited only to the documents produced by people within the federal government and the accounts of federal employees.

The IG basically says protocols were followed or not followed. This is why they are so frustrating to political observers. The IG has a long history of issuing damning reports and then concluding “here’s what we can learn from these experiences.” He’s not the ball-buster conservatives make him out to be. He’s one of the Bobs from Office Space asking about TPS reports, but with much more serious fare.

Carter Page, for example, complained that the inspector general did not interview him. That was never going to happen because he is not a federal employee. Durham most certainly will interview him.

Regardless of all of this, folks really should turn off the news and read the text of the report itself. See how you feel about the FBI and Department of Justice afterwards.

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