New Poll: Majority of Americans Believe the FBI Broke the Law in Pursuit of Trump Campaign

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Posted: Dec 16, 2019 2:10 PM
New Poll: Majority of Americans Believe the FBI Broke the Law in Pursuit of Trump Campaign

Source: (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It's been one week since Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his long awaited report about FISA abuse at the FBI. Investigators found FBI agents committed 17-violations in pursuit of a FISA warrant against Trump campaign official Carter Page. The report shows agents doctored evidence and lied to the court by failing to disclose basic and crucial facts about connections in the case.

For example, the FBI knew Page was an informant for the CIA, which is why he was in contact with Russians. Despite knowing this fact, they chose to leave it out of the FISA application and continued the narrative that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Kremlin. Agents also chose to omit details about the connection between British spy Christopher Steel and the Clinton campaign. Steele wrote the dossier that the FBI used to justify a FISA warrant. The agents who did so were hand selected by fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. 

With the report available to the public, a majority believe the FBI broke the law in their pursuit of the Trump campaign. From new Fox News polling

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday about the origins of the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign.

Fifty-three percent of voters believe it is at least somewhat likely the FBI broke the law when investigating the campaign: 22 percent say “extremely” likely, 14 percent “very” likely, and 17 percent “somewhat” likely.

Republicans (71 percent) are nearly twice as likely as Democrats (38 percent) to think there is a chance the FBI broke the law.

During testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Horowitz said he sent the entire 400+ page report to the Department of Justice and FBI for criminal review. 

"What we ultimately decided was that the conduct here warranted sending the entire report to the FBI and the Department for review for review from the line agent all the way to the top of people who were still at the FBI," Horowitz said.