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Sen. Josh Hawley says FBI “effectively meddled” in 2016 election

The FBI “effectively meddled” in the 2016 presidential election, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, according to The Daily Wire.

“Which is worse?” he asked Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz. “Is it worse to have a foreign government trying to meddle in our elections, or is it worse to have our own government meddling in the election? Because I think that is exactly what this report shows. It shows that our government, the most powerful law enforcement agency in the nation, the FBI, effectively meddled in an ongoing presidential campaign.”

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Interference from foreign governments is unfortunate but expected, Hawley said.

“They’ve been doing it for years,” he said. “Russia’s been doing it for years, we know they tried to do it this last cycle. China has been doing it, others have been doing it and we know what steps to take, we have to take them more effectively, but when our own government does it how can the American people have confidence, and what do we do?”


Hawley also cited the activities of the Democratic National Committee.

“This is the most incredible, the DNC pays for the Steele dossier, solicits the Steele dossier and then gets the Federal Bureau of Investigation to go get FISA warrants, surveil an American citizen, surveil a presidential campaign, all on the basis of this manufactured garbage that they paid for, I mean that’s extraordinary, that has got to be a first time in history.”

Hawley asked, “Are these individuals, whose misdeeds that you have documented here in this report, the members I am thinking of, the case agents, other members on the Crossfire Hurricane team, are they still to your knowledge working at the FBI?”

Horowitz responded to the question about the FBI by saying, “To my understanding, some are, some aren’t.”

“What about the case agent who directly misled the DOJ, an Office of Intelligence attorney, about Carter Page’s relationship with other intelligence agencies in our government, who directly misled the OI about that, is that person to your knowledge still at the FBI?” Hawley asked.

“To my knowledge that person is still there,” Horowitz said.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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