According to Obama’s former top FBI lawyer, James Baker, James Comey could be in a bit of hot water if it turns out he misled the FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on the trump campaign, the Washington Examiner reports:
Former FBI General Counsel James Baker said on Monday he expects the Justice Department inspector general to find “mistakes” committed by the bureau in its handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz is examining the Justice Department’s and FBI’s compliance with legal requirements as well as policies and procedures in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Baker, who admitted last week the inspector general makes him “nervous,” said the government watchdog will probably find some errors.
“The inspector general is looking at everything we did,” Baker said on CNN. “If the IG usually finds mistakes that we made, so I expect him to find mistakes this time.”
Doesn’t look good for former FBI Director Comey. Perhaps his next book will be “Notes from Prison.”
In other news, the noose is tightening as Barr launches a wide ranging investigation into the origins of the Trump / Russia probe:
Attorney General William Barr is working with top intelligence officials and a senior federal prosecutor on at least the third inquiry to date into the origins of the Mueller probe of President Donald Trump and Russian election meddling, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Barr has named U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to examine whether the FBI misstepped in seeking a special federal court warrant to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, said the person.
In addition, Barr is personally working with FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to review intelligence gathering techniques used to investigate Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Amid a broad effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI, Trump and his allies have accused law enforcement officials of “spying” on his campaign and called for an investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe, which started at the FBI in mid-2016.
A probe into the legality of the special warrant used to monitor Page is already under way by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is due to release his findings in coming weeks.
In 2017, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions assigned Utah’s top federal prosecutor John Huber to review a wide range of issues that Republicans had complained about, from how the FBI handled investigations related to Hillary Clinton, to questions about the origins of the Russia probe.
The person familiar with Barr’s review told Reuters that Huber had been awaiting the completion of Horowitz’s review. The person said it was unclear how much Huber had done to review the Page warrant. That portion of Huber’s assignment will be taken over by Durham, the person added.
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