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Shocking report suggests that FBI was not conspiring against Donald Trump in 2016

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Who saw this coming?

More broadly, Mr. Horowitz’s report, to be made public on Dec. 9, portrays the overall effort to seek the wiretap order and its renewals as sloppy and unprofessional, according to the people familiar with it. He will also sharply criticize as careless one of the F.B.I. case agents in New York handling the matter and say that the bureau and the Justice Department displayed poor coordination during the investigation, they said.

At the same time, however, the report debunks a series of conspiracy theories and insinuations about the F.B.I. that Mr. Trump and his allies have put forward over the past two years, the people said, though they cautioned that the report is not complete. The New York Times has not reviewed the draft, which could contain other significant findings.

In particular, while Mr. Horowitz criticizes F.B.I. leadership for its handling of the highly fraught Russia investigation in some ways, he made no finding of politically biased actions by top officials Mr. Trump has vilified like the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey; Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy who temporarily ran the bureau after the president fired Mr. Comey in 2017; and Peter Strzok, a former top counterintelligence agent.

But — as the Ukraine scandal also reminds us — finding actual wrongdoing is never the point of these Republican snipe hunts. “It’s out there” is generally enough to get a scandal narrative about Democrats or nonpartisan officials who do something Republicans don’t like going. And at worst, in this case, investigating an imaginary anti-Trump conspiracy means we’re not talking about the anti-Clinton conspiracy led by the New York bureau of the FBI that actually put Trump in the White House.


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