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tv   Washington Journal Jeff Mordock  CSPAN  December 10, 2019 8:45pm-9:01pm EST

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professor. and republican democrat congressman will be on to talk u.s. policy in afghanistan. be sure to watch c-span "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern wednesday morning, joining the discussion. >> yesterday a report coming from the justice department inspector general taking a look at actions glo of fbi and joinis on the phone to talk about it is jeff murdoch of the washington time has the lead story to take of the application that was filed looking at carter page. good morning. >> good morning thank you for having me. can you remind viewers what the exact goal of the report when it was put into play. >> the exact goal of the report was to find out if the fbi had abused its authority when it applied for a warrant to surveilled the trump campaign aide carter page, the president and his allies have alleged that that led to spying on his
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campaign, the democrats have dismissed that claim and they claim president trump has been politicizing the justice department. president trump has hypedru this report for over a year saying this is going to be very historic and expose a lot of wrongdoing. to some degree he was right because this report is a blackeye for the fbi. >> how tbi so? >> it found that the fisa application which is the application to surveilled carter page was riddled with errors, things from they left our key information. in other things they put in the fisa report and they left that out, they did not present that to the judge of the fisa court. there were all kinds of errors erand they found for one of the renewals and fbi lawyer had doctored evidence to make sure that the fisa application to
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wiretap mr. page got renewed. >> so all in count, according to your story 17 inaccuracies or envisions, was there any explanation by leadership on why the fundamental mistakes are being made? >> no there's no explanation, nor is there anti explanation of inspector general michael horowitz who spent 18 months on this investigation and he says he could find no direct evidence of biased but also could not find an explanation here to account for why these top agents, high-level fbi officials, everybody in the specification from low-level to high level supervisors could make this many mistakes at this level of serious mistakes. that is very concerning and he even pointsha out, you have thre
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handpicked teams of the top agents who were reporting to some of the highest level supervisors in an investigation they know to be scrutinized and at best this was extraordinary sloppy and that's the best you could probably say about the. >> the discussions about the uport, the name christopher still comes up very often, what did they have to summaries about his action. >> it sounds that his work was unreliable, he had a history of being unreliable, the fbi knew his work was unreliable. the evidence that it was unreliable and they said that the fisa record which they required to submit all kind of evidence that may contradict or run counter to the evidence that may have submitted. lindsey graham at the press conference yesterday compared what the fbi did to a prosecutor withholding dna evidence or withholding fingerprint evidence that exonerates somebody there trying to prosecute. i thought that was a good
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example because that point to how egregious what the fbi did. >> when it comes to what many have focused on in the release of the port interim report the p political motivation of this s activity what was said in the report about that? >> the report found there is no direct evidence of political biased and that means there was no documentary evidence and no testimonial evidence but also the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. here, just because we don't have another account, if this was not biased,d by political what was the reason and that's explanation everybody wants to know. if you look at an example of an fbi lawyer who doctored evidence in the carter page fisa, he was kicked off of robert mueller's team for a series of very bad into trump e-mails that he said
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around to his fbi friends. so you have to wonder what his motivation was. you have to wonder why they were exaggerating the qualifications when it went to the fisa court. there's no reason to do that. you have to wonder why they had evident andid withheld. >> but there's no other explanation. >> if this report is out already, will the be an examination as the why behind the actual mistakes, or is it ai done deal? >> it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow, we may get answers because he was going to go before the senateae judiciary committee which is a majority republican and led by lindsey graham who i just reference. it be interesting to see what and what the next steps they take after that. everybody is waiting to see what mr. horowitz says before the senate judiciary committee and before they move forward with
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whatever they want to do. whatever is going to happen is going to happen at the senate level because in the house that focused on impeachment and controlled by the democrats and will not call mr. horowitz to come testify. >> we heard from the attorney general yesterday from john dürer who is conducting an investigation, what is significant into this report? >> john durham statement is extremely. it's extremely rare that he issues a date, he never comes oh talks and speaks about his investigation. so that in itself is amazing. the other thing that is interesting, he came out immediately and said he disagreed with mr. horowitz's conclusion which is the investigation into carter page at the beginning was justified and there was evidence to open an investigation and look into the matter.
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it came out and i thought it was interesting, he also took a little swipe at horowitz because in his statement he pointed out that mr. horowitz because these inspector general his authority is limited to justice department employees. andy pointed out that mr. dorm has interviewed people all over the world and also has a little more criminal prosecution authority than mr. horowitz. and i thought that was interesting not only is he saying he disagrees with the conclusion but also he has done more research and investigating mr. horowitz. i thought that was important. >> have we heard anything from the current director of the fbi on this report and potentially what changes he might make because of thehe findings. >> yes with the report it's fairly lengthy response from fbi director christopher wray and he's about a lot of reforms and that is also very key and one thing to report that found is
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how some of these errors happen or went unchecked was because the processes in the fbi also w were very weak, the process and procedure for doing things were almost as bad as anything else you can find. that's how these errors got away. one thing that is important and important for president trump and his allies, they been pointing the finger at jim comey, sally gates and people like that, but inspector general report cleared them of any wrongdoing saying that these mistakes were at such a low level that and never got to them. they were completely unaware of this investigation was. i think that goes back to what i was saying about the process was so bad i think a lot of these
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errors and omissions went up to the higher levels. >> if you want to read his story go to the washington times website and you can get it there, his analysis of the ig report released yesterday and the findings from it. thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> c-span hitting camp 2020 competition is in full swing. all across the country fiddle and high school students hard at work creating short documentaries on the issues they most like on the 2020 candidates on their campaigns. i would love to see your progress, tickets behind the scene and share your photos using the # student camp 2024 and a chance to win additional cash prizes. still working on it idea where resources on a website to help out at studentcam.org as information to guide you through the process of making a documentary. c-span will award $100,000 in cash prizes including a $5000 grand prize, all eligible entries must be uploaded and received by midnight i generate
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