WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz (L) and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. According to a report by Horowitz, former FBI Director …

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The New York Times previewed — or pre-empted — the release of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s Dec. 9 report by claiming Wednesday it will show “no evidence” of spying on the Trump campaign.

Citing “people familiar with the draft,” the Times reported:

The Justice Department’s inspector general found no evidence that the F.B.I. attempted to place undercover agents or informants inside Donald J. Trump’s campaign in 2016 as agents investigated whether his associates conspired with Russia’s election interference operation.

The Times sources “familiar with the draft” are likely to have been subjects of the investigation, who are typically invited to preview a draft of the Inspector General’s report prior to its release.

CNN — which employs former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired for leaking to the media and misleading internal investigators  — published a similar report last week. It claimed the Inspector General’s report would show that the investigation into Trump’s suspected Russia collusion was justified, but that “lower-level employees made a series of mistakes” in applying for a warrant from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

Despite claiming that the report would show “no evidence” of spying, the Times article acknowledged that the FBI planted informants in meetings with the campaign, though it calls these “typical law enforcement activities”:

Mr. Trump and his allies have pointed to some of the investigative steps the F.B.I. took as evidence of spying, though they were typical law enforcement activities. For one, agents had an informant, an academic named Stefan A. Halper, meet with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos while they were affiliated with the campaign. The president decried the revelation as an “all time biggest political scandal” when it emerged last year.

The F.B.I. did have an undercover agent who posed as Mr. Halper’s assistant during a London meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos in August 2016. And indeed, another Trump adviser, Peter Navarro, reportedly pushed Mr. Halper for an ambassadorship in the Trump administration.

The Times also reported that despite claims by Attorney General William Barr that the FBI had used other informants, “the F.B.I. had not deployed those people to gather information on the Trump campaign itself.”

The Times also continues to object to President Trump’s claim in March 2017 that “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower,” though Trump used quotation marks, and the Times itself had reported on Inauguration Day — in a front-page, banner headline — that Trump aides had been “wiretapped” as part of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

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