“The first question I’ll ask in a bit, is this the best of the best? Are these people normal representatives of the Department of Justice and the F.B.I.? I hope you will say no. Because I believe it to be no. And if I believed otherwise, I would be incredibly depressed.”
(Susan Jones – CNSNews) – If you believe some of the headlines about the Horowitz report — that the FBI conducted a lawful investigation with a few irregularities — “you’ve clearly not read it,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in his opening statement of Wednesday’s hearing.
“What has been described as a few irregularities becomes a massive criminal conspiracy over time to defraud the FISA court, to illegally surveil an American citizen, and to keep an operation open against a sitting president of the United States, violating every norm known to the rule of law,” Graham said.
“Trump’s time will come and go. But I hope we understand that what happened here can never happen again, because what happened here is not a few irregularities. What happened here is the system failed.
“People at the highest level of our government took the law into their own hands. And when I say defraud the FISA court, I mean it. To your team, you were able to uncover and discover abuse of power I never believed would actually exist in 2019,” Graham told Justice Department Inspector-General Michael Horowitz, the star witness.