The FBI didn’t commit ‘errors and omissions.’ It abused its power

The FBI didn’t commit ‘errors and omissions.’ It abused its power. By the Washington Examiner.

The FBI sought a warrant to wiretap a U.S. citizen and, in effect, a U.S. presidential campaign, based on a shoddy Democrat-funded pile of conspiracy theories known as the Steele dossier. The dossier’s allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump were based on “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay,” and the document also took seriously comments made in jest.

In other words, the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign was exactly as partisan and shoddy as Republicans said it was, according to the information released by the Justice Department’s inspector general. The inspector general released a report detailing a shocking account of rampant misconduct at the FBI. Agents there misled and lied to the FISA court to authorize and reauthorize their spying on Trump’s 2016 campaign. …

Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote in his report released this week that although there were a number of “errors and omissions” that occurred during the FBI’s bizarre investigation, he found no evidence of “political bias” and that the investigation was otherwise legitimate and justified.

But “errors and omissions,” a quote that was repeated over and over again in headlines, sounds like minor missteps that could have been taken care of with a little Wite-Out. It hardly covers the blatant wrongdoing that Horowitz described in his report — corrupt law enforcement officers abusing their power. …

There are sins of omission and sins of commission. The FBI didn’t just fail to do right here. The agents involved in this investigation did evil. They used their power as law enforcement agents in pursuit of a perceived political enemy.

That’s not an error. That’s corruption.