“The activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified Wednesday — as direct a slap at former FBI chief Jim Comey as you could ask for.
Horowitz was walking the Senate Judiciary Committee through the Horowitz report on FBI and Justice Department malfeasance in Crossfire Hurricane, the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Bottom line, as Sen. John Kennedy put it: Misfire Hurricane would’ve been more accurate.
The outrages went far beyond the “17 significant errors or omissions” in applications to spy on onetime Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page. Horowitz found FBI violations “from top to bottom.”
Comey claims the Horowitz report vindicates him and his FBI leadership because it cites no evidence that bias or improper motives influenced decision-making in the investigation.
But it’s hard to see how accidental bungling can explain the lies, misrepresentations and overreach of the FBI. “It’s either sheer incompetence, intentionality or something in between,” Horowitz testified.