Comey admits ‘real sloppiness’ in FBI warrant application

Former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday acknowledged “real sloppiness” in the way the bureau obtained warrants to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page in 2016 at the beginning of the Russia election-meddling investigation.

Comey said he had always believed the FBI’s procedures for applying for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were solid, but that the Justice Department’s inspector general’s new report found that while the FBI properly opened the inquiry, it made significant errors in how it handled the surveillance applications.

“I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and (Department of) Justice have built over 20 years,” Comey said on Fox News Sunday. “I thought they were robust enough.”

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