Schiff defends FBI investigation into Trump campaign, saying errors were not ‘apparent’ two years ago

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By Justine Coleman – 12/15/19 11:52 AM EST

Schiff defends FBI investigation into Trump campaign, saying errors were not 'apparent' two years ago

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote MORE (D-Calif.) defended the FBI’s investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump’s impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: ‘Really pathetic!’ MORE‘s campaign on Sunday, adding that the errors found by the Department of Justice inspector general’s (IG) report were not “apparent” two years ago.

The chairman argued on “Fox News Sunday” that while the FBI made “serious” mistakes relating to surveillance of Trump campaign aides under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the investigation was still warranted.

Schiff added that he was “unaware of” the mistakes uncovered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his report released last week.

“I’m certainly willing to admit the inspector general found serious abuses of FISA that I was unaware of,” he said to host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill’s Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Fox’s Chris Wallace calls out Trump for the ‘most sustained assault on freedom of the press’ in US history Comey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox’s Chris Wallace MORE. “Had I known of them, Chris, yes I would have called out the FBI at the same time. “

Schiff maintained that the FBI would have been “negligent” not to launch an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, adding that the bureau should adopt the inspector general’s recommendations.

“The most significant things I think are that corrective steps will be taken in terms of the FISA process and that the IG debunked the claims of the president, by Mr. Nunes and others of this deep state conspiracy,” Schiff added, referring to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Hillicon Valley: Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling | Tech legal shield makes it into trade deal | Impeachment controversy over phone records heats up | TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings MORE (Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

The long-awaited Horowitz report released last week concluded the FBI did not act out of political motivation when opening the investigation. It did find 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” made by the bureau during its probe.

Tags Chris Wallace Adam Schiff Donald Trump Devin Nunes Sunday shows Horowitz report Justice Department FBI Russia Investigation

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