Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) just announced that he believes that the recently released Inspector General report on FBI conduct towards the Trump campaign in 2016 is a “literal indictment” of former director James Comey’s FBI.
Ratcliffe appeared on Fox’s “Mornings with Maria” on Tuesday to talk about Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings.
The Texan representative, a member of the House Judiciary and Intel Committees, remarked that Horowitz’s conclusion that the FBI did not act inappropriately contradicts the actual findings of the investigation.
He said “the findings in here are literally an indictment. They find clear, as the attorney general said, clear FISA abuse, that the FISA court was repeatedly systematically misled with false statements, misrepresentations, the failure to turn over exculpatory evidence.”
“And I think those findings really are an indictment of Jim Comey’s FBI and the leadership there throughout this process,” he continued.
Ratcliffe pointed to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s statement right after the report’s release that the DOJ does not agree with “some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened” as proof that there is more to come.
I do think it’s interesting that immediately we heard from John Durham, who has broader jurisdiction, meaning he has greater ability to reach those conclusions, and said, look, we told the inspector general there’s more there than you’re aware of and our conclusions are going to be different with respect to predication.