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FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe: Watchdog report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
"Where law ends, tyranny begins." Is etched above a window at the Justice Department building on a foggy morning on December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

FBI agents were not motivated by political bias in probing associates of the Trump 2016 campaign, says the US Justice Department inspector general.

Released Monday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report was described by President Trump as evidence of an “attempted overthrow” of the American government.

“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open the four individual investigations,” the report stated, referring to investigations into four people on Trump's campaign: George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Page.

Papadopoulos had reportedly suggested back then that the campaign had received an indication that Russia could assist in the election process, an allegation that triggered the investigation into the Trump campaign, dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane.

“We found that members of the Crossfire Hurricane team failed to meet the basic obligation to ensure that the Carter Page FISA applications were ‘scrupulously accurate,’” read the report.

During a roundtable event on education in the Cabinet Room at the White House, Trump asserted that the report represented “one of our great achievements.”

“This was an overthrow of government, this was an attempted overthrow and a lot of people were in on it and they got caught, they got caught red-handed,” said the US president. “I think I'm going to put this down as one of our great achievements. Because what we found and what we saw — never, ever should this happen again in our country.”

Trump has been calling the investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election a “witch hunt.”

"Well, they fabricated evidence and they lied to the courts and they did all sorts of things to have it go their way,” Trump said at the White House. “And this was something we can never allow to happen again.”

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