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IG report finds errors in FBI’s surveillance of former Trump adviser

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog found that the controversial surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser was riddled with errors, raising questions about its justification.

The voluminous report, released Monday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, identified 17 separate inaccuracies across three surveillance applications, effectively inflating the justification for its monitoring of foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Horowitz, nevertheless, concluded that there was legal justification for the overall inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and that there was no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to conduct these operations.”

The account of the FBI’s surveillance activities, however, was central to the report’s findings and is likely to fuel new attacks from the president and a cadre of Republican allies, with Trump swept up in a fast-moving impeachment inquiry.

Horowitz also singled out a Justice Department official for possible criminal investigation.