The Justice Department’s inspector general found no evidence that US intelligence agencies tried to plant spies in the Trump campaign, undercutting a repeated claim from President Donald Trump and his allies, people familiar with a draft of the report due out Monday tell CNN.
Michael Horowitz, the Justice inspector general, consulted US intelligence agencies as well as John Durham, the prosecutor conducting a broad investigation into the intelligence used to start the Russia investigation, to ask whether they could provide any evidence to back up the spy claim.
Durham and the intelligence agencies responded that they couldn’t provide any such evidence.
The Washington Post first reported the IG’s outreach to Durham.
The WaPo article, cited above says:
“The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Trump’s 2016 campaign said he could not offer evidence to the Justice Department’s inspector general to support the suspicions of some conservatives that the case was a setup by American intelligence, people familiar with the matter said.
“Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office contacted U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor Barr personally tapped to lead a separate review of the 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said. The inspector general also contacted several U.S. intelligence agencies. …
“The previously unreported interaction with Durham is noted in a draft of Horowitz’s forthcoming report on the Russia investigation, which concludes that the FBI had adequate cause to launch its Russia investigation, people familiar with the matter said. Its public release is set for Monday.”
Strategic hire Bill ‘Low’ Barr failed the Russian Usurper by not finding someone willing to lie to protect our Stable Genius’ lie. This is a sad day in Barr’s glorious career of being an ottoman for an orange idiot.