DOJ watchdog testifies to senators about Russia investigation

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, during a hearing on the Inspector General’s report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, saying that his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation found that the FBI was justified in launching the inquiry and was not motivated by bias against President Trump.

Horowitz said, however, that FBI officials made important errors in how they proceeded, including using the so-called Steele dossier when applying for a secret-court warrant for surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Democrats used the hearing to call the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling a crucial and unbiased effort to defend U.S. democracy, while Republicans cited the flaws Horowitz found as evidence the FBI was out of control.

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