Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz ordered an investigation into shady actions and alleged abuses of power by officials in former President Barack Obama’s administration, according to the Daily Caller.
On Wednesday, Horowitz announced the IG’s office would be looking into possible FISA abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ as well as secret contacts the two agencies had with Christopher Steele.
“The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person,” said DOJ spokesman John Lavinsky.
Steele is the former British spy who was hired by Fusion GPS in late 2015 to compile the salacious dossier, which alleged President Donald Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Obama’s FBI and DOJ kept its contacts with Steele secret and worked with him behind the scenes to elevate his dossier so they could use it against Trump.
The FBI even used his hit piece to secure a warrant from the FISA court to spy on members of Trump’s campaign.
The DOJ and FBI also failed to reveal to the secret court that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion GPS roughly $9.6 million to fund Steele’s anti-Trump operation.
Obama officials at the two top agencies used a Clinton-funded hit piece to spy on Trump and launch the Russia investigation.
After nearly a year of investigating, there has been no evidence to support liberal claims that Trump colluded with Russian officials to win the election.
Horowitz opening an investigating into Obama allies acting shady and potentially abusing the FISA court is unprecedented.
For years, Americans have demanded an investigation into corruption carried out by the Obama administration, and Horowitz has made it clear that he plans to hold corrupt actors accountable for their actions.