FBI errors in 2 dozen wiretap applications were mostly typos
Trumpsters kept trying to undermine the FBI investigation into the Russian influence on our elections by spreading rumors about how error-laden those wiretap applications were.
Turns out they were partially right--lots of errors--but, as usual, making mountains out of molehills.
"The FBI said Thursday that it found mostly minor errors during a review of more than two dozen applications for national security surveillance warrants, suggesting the problems were less serious than the Justice Department inspector general had made them out to be earlier this year.
The FBI statement appeared aimed at countering the findings of a harshly critical audit issued in March by the Justice Department's watchdog. . . .
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Taken together, the reports fueled criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike that the FBI's process for applying for surveillance warrants in terrorism and espionage investigations is riddled with significant errors that undermine the bureau's credibility.
But the FBI said Thursday that it and Justice Department lawyers had conducted their own review of the same 29 applications that the inspector general had examined. The FBI said it found only two material errors, and neither was believed to have affected a judge's decision that there was probable cause for the surveillance.
The FBI said that out of nearly 7,000 facts in the applications, there were rough 200 nonmaterial errors, such as typographical errors, misspelled words and date inaccuracies.
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A December report from the watchdog office found significant errors and omissions during applications submitted to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign associate Carter Page, and said the FBI had failed to update the court when it received new information that undercut the premise for the surveillance.
Oh--all that fuss and noise raised by Trumpters to oppose the investigation into Russian "collusion" was about spelling and typing errors.
Well, OK--let's get some better typists in the FBI--maybe check over how accurate or not spellcheck is--and voila! problem solved. Nothing left for the Trumplicans to hollar about.