Jim Jordan slams FBI spying on 2016 Trump campaign: Ohio Representative Jim Jordan on Monday criticised James Comey for using FBI agents to spy on US President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. The House Judiciary Committee ranking member said the FBI sleuths violated all rules and regulations while surveilling the campaign and spying on four American nationals contrary to the earlier notion of two.
The Inspector General’s report bears the strongest testimony that FBI sleuths used the US government’s most powerful tools designed for international intelligence gathering to keep an eye on the presidential campaign, Jordan said. He also urged House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney to start hearings with Inspector General Horowitz on a priority basis.
House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan’s statement came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general (IG) Michael Horowitz released his report on the sensational spying episode. Earlier, Trump had accused former US President Barack Obama and the FBI of using an informant to spy on his presidential campaign.
The Horowitz report said though the FBI was authorized to investigate the 2016 Trump campaign, the investigative agencies committed a series of mistakes in the process.
On April 10, Attorney General William Barr had told a Senate Appropriations panel that the spying incident really took place. Congressional Republicans and Trump himself had alleged that FBI officials improperly relied on the Steele Dossier to obtain a secret warrant to spy on his former campaign adviser Carter Page. The Steele dossier is a high-profile dossier on Donald Trump’s Russia links written by former intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
James Comey, who was the 7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 2013 until his dismissal in May 2017, has dissociated himself from the entire controversy. In 2018, Comey had told House lawmakers that the Russia investigation was not prompted by the dossier.