But after Comey's removal, the FBI began investigating Trump personally for possible obstruction of justice. "This wasn't even an attempted overthrow of the government and no one was in on it".
That earned Page a starring role in the so-called dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who specialized in Russian cloak-and-dagger.
The memo noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ obtained an initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump, and claimed that a dossier containing colorful but unverifiable claims about Trump was key to the FBI's FISA warrant in its surveillance of members of Trump's team. "That's what electronic surveillance is ... going through people's emails, wiring people up".
This one is being carried out by the USA attorney for Connecticut, John Durham, and has a broader scope that will also examine the CIA's role.
Rather than find fault with the agents' motives, he blamed the FBI's own rules, saying what is known as the "Woods Procedures" - which governed the use of the Steele information - allowed agents to sell it to the FISA court without getting any independent confirmation.
The affirmation of the investigation's legitimacy, balanced by criticism of the way it was conducted, ensured that partisan battles would persist over one of the FBI's most politically sensitive investigations. Wray inherited a year-old Russian Federation investigation when he was installed in August 2017 and, by that point, the probe was already in the hands of Mueller.
Page wasn't the linchpin of a well-developed espionage conspiracy; just an overeager businessman with more ambition than smarts. "And I think that leaves open the possibility to infer bad faith".
"Bill Barr has grossly mischaracterized and subverted the findings of the IG investigation report addressing the FBI investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 election", said Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general, former deputy solicitor general and former US attorney, in his statement. It's not even clear how numerous sources were really his, as opposed to ones dug up by Fusion GPS, the Beltway smear-masters hired by lawyers for the Clinton campaign to come up with dirt on Trump.
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He said: "We have no information that indicates that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 presidential election".
The errors and other failures amounted to "serious performance failures by the supervisory and non-supervisory agents", his report said. Wray was sworn in as FBI director in August 2017, replacing Andrew McCabe, who had been leading the bureau in an acting capacity after Trump fired James B. Comey.
And the FBI's vaunted forensic laboratories have run into recurring problems of mismanagement and mishandled evidence.
Wray issued a statement on Monday in which he said he had "ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the report's recommendations". Congress needs to keep close watch on whether Wray follows through. However, the report said that the disclosure would not have prompted the court to reject the application.
At the same time, there was public opposition to Trump from the national security establishment, with 50 former top officials, Republican and Democratic, publishing an open letter August 8 denouncing Trump and supporting Clinton.
'I don't know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn't the one given to me, ' Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
Barr, who has been highly critical of the Russian Federation investigation and ordered a separate internal probe into its origins, rejected the IG's finding that there was sufficient basis for opening the investigation.