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FBI report is troubling

To the editor:

Impeachment by the House is a done deal and if the House sends the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate acquittal seems pretty much a done deal as well. So if you are tired of that consider something that has not received as much coverage in the New York/Washington media.

Last weeks report by Department of Justice Inspector General Horowitz was not favorable to the FBI with respect to the Trump-Russia investigation, citing at least 17 serious and repeated “mistakes” in seeking FISA warrants on a former Trump campaign aid. In my view those abuses of the FISA process demonstrate more than simple incompetent mistakes at the top of the Comey-led FBI.

Tuesday the chief judge of the FISA court said the FBI’s handling of the Carter Page case was “antithetical to the heightened duty of candor” required by the law that established the secret surveillance court, and “calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable”. That is very scary stuff — considering about 99% of FISA warrant requests are approved!

Unfortunately, I think, we have become too accustomed to and accepting of shenanigans by politicians; but by leaders in the FBI and CIA?

I believe the results of federal prosecutor John Durham’s broad investigation (beyond current DOJ employees) into the Trump-Russia issue, expected this Spring or Summer, are critical in getting to the bottom of the matter. Hopefully those findings, whatever they might be, will help us get back to thinking the federal government is here to help us unite.

Bob Jentges

North Mankato

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