‘Corroboration Zero’: An Inspector General’s Report Reveals the Steele Dossier Was Always a Joke, by Matt Taibbi

One of the few honest liberal journalists out there says the Horowitz report confirms that Russiagate was always a fraud. From Matt Taibbi at rollingstone.com:

The report throws water on one “deep state” conspiracy theory of the Russia investigation, but validates complaints about “fake news”

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey

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The Guardian headline reads: “DOJ Internal watchdog report clears FBI of illegal surveillance of Trump adviser.”

If the report released Monday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz constitutes a “clearing” of the FBI, never clear me of anything. Holy God, what a clown show the Trump-Russia investigation was.

Like the much-ballyhooed report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Horowitz report is a Rorschach test, in which partisans will find what they want to find.

Much of the press is concentrating on Horowitz’s conclusion that there was no evidence of “political bias or improper motivation” in the FBI’s probe of Donald Trump’s Russia contacts, an investigation Horowitz says the bureau had “authorized purpose” to conduct.

Horowitz uses phrases like “serious performance failures,” describing his 416-page catalogue of errors and manipulations as incompetence rather than corruption. This throws water on the notion that the Trump investigation was a vast frame-up.

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