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Trump accuses Horowitz of overlooking bias within FBI, claims 'Obama knew
Here is a 7 minute video that clarifies why Barr disagrees with the IG
report. Worth viewing.
Former FBI, CIA director slams AG Barr over reaction to DOJ watchdog report
Former FBI and CIA Director William Webster issued a surprising rebuke of
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr Monday over their
reactions to the Department of Justice inspector general's report examining the
origins of the Russia investigation.
Webster, who notes he is a "longtime friend" of Barr's, argued in a New York
Times op-ed that both Trump and Barr's public statements attacking the FBI's
actions in the investigation is "dangerous" for the bureau.
"Calling F.B.I. professionals scum, as the president did, is a slur against
people who risk their lives to keep us safe," Webster wrote. "Mr. Barrs charges
of bias within the F.B.I., made without providing any evidence and in direct
dispute of the findings of the nonpartisan inspector general, risk inflicting
enduring damage on this critically important institution."
Webster was appointed FBI Director by former President Jimmy Carter and remained
in the position through former President Ronald Reagan's tenure until Reagan
appointed him as CIA Director.
"The privilege of being the only American in our history to serve as the
director of both the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. gives me a unique perspective and a
responsibility to speak out about a dire threat to the rule of law in the
country I love," Webster said. "Order protects liberty, and liberty protects
order. Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order
are, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to
A spokesperson for the Justice Department declined comment when asked by ABC
News about the editorial.
Webster in particular used the piece to mount a defense of FBI Director
Christopher Wray, who in an interview with ABC following the IG report's release
noted that despite major errors uncovered regarding the conduct of some FBI
officials involved in the probe, "the investigation was opened with appropriate
predication and authorization."
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President Trump directly rebuked Wray's assessment in a tweet, saying, "with
that kind of attitude, [Wray] will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly
broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!
Despite the president's misgivings about the FBI, however, internal numbers
obtained by ABC News tell a different story about morale at the bureau.
According to the most recent FBI "climate" survey, morale internally was up for
the first time in two years.
The survey, obtained by Lawfare through a FOIA lawsuit, asked FBI employees
among other things, if they are proud to work for or are cynical of the bureau
-- and if they have a high level of respect for FBI's senior executives. All of
the questions were answered positively and showed an uptick in the bureau's
morale from years past when it was on the decline.
The FBI has also seen an increase in applicants in the past year, according to
an FBI spokesperson.
"I have complete confidence in Mr. Wray, and I know that the F.B.I. is not a
broken institution," Webster wrote in response to the president. "It is a
professional agency worthy of respect and support. The derision and aspersions
are dangerous and unwarranted."
Webster's article is only the latest development in the political fallout from
Inspector General Michael Horowitz's more than 400-page report examining the
Russia investigation released just one week ago.
While Horowitz determined the investigation was opened based with proper
predication and found no evidence of political bias, he was also highly critical
of how agents handled the court-authorized surveillance of former Trump campaign
adviser Carter Page.
"We identified significant inaccuracies and omissions in each of the four [FISA]
applications," Horowitz said in testimony last Wednesday before the Senate
Judiciary Committee. "Seven in the first application and a total of 17 by the
final renewal application."
Horowitz added he could not rule out political bias was behind the mishandling
of the surveillance process, he said he was not able to uncover evidence that
spoke to the agents' motivations.
Barr in an interview said he believed Horowitz's non-determination "leaves open
the possibility to infer bad faith" on the part of the FBI agents, which he said
is what a separate ongoing investigation by U.S. attorney John Durham is looking
to further explore.
Both Barr and Durham said they did not agree with one of Horowitz's key
determinations that the Russia probe was launched with proper cause, a move that
Webster took direct issue with.