Conservatives rip FBI over IG report: 'scathing indictment'

Republican senators tore into the Obama-era FBI and Justice Department (DOJ) on Wednesday, calling a report from a DOJ watchdog a "scathing indictment" of the FBI. 
 
GOP senators, in back-to-back statements, hammered the FBI over DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's findings on surveillance of Trump campaign associates during the 2016 election. 
 
"This report is a scathing indictment of the FBI, of the agents that were involved," Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeePut partisan politics aside — The Child Tax Credit must be renewed immediately These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products MORE (R-Utah) said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. 
 
Lee specifically called out former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE, who had responded to the report in a Washington Post op-ed, saying that it disproved declarations from President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE and his allies that the FBI “spied” on the Trump campaign and engaged in wrongdoing.
 
"There is no planet on which I think this report indicates that things were OK within the FBI in connection with this investigation ... and yet stunningly former FBI Director Jim Comey took to the pages of The Washington Post to declare that this report, your report, shows that the FBI fulfilled its mission," Lee said. 
 
"I don't understand that. I find it absolutely stunning that he would reach that conclusion. This is nonsense," he continued.

Horowitz's report, released Monday, found that the FBI's decision to open a probe into Trump campaign associates was not motivated by political bias

Still, the watchdog found “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI's application to the secretive court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as part of its efforts to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  MORE (R-S.C.) noted that senators were "beating up on the FBI, I think appropriately so to some point."  
 
Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow Cruz Supreme Court case could lead to unlimited anonymous election spending Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE (R-Texas) said that the report laid out "a stunning indictment of the FBI and the Department of Justice, of a pattern of abuse of power." 
 
"I think the facts that are in this report need to be understood and they should be deeply chilling to anyone who understands the facts," Cruz said.

Cruz added that if someone within the FBI or Justice Department had tried to open an investigation into a rival presidential campaign when he was working for DOJ someone would have asked "what in the hell are we doing?"

"When I was at DOJ if someone said let’s tap Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE, or let’s tap Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Perdue proposes election police force in Georgia To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill MORE or John KerryJohn KerryOvernight Energy & Environment — High court will hear case on water rule Kerry warns about efforts to blunt climate change: 'We're in trouble' Biden's second-ranking climate diplomat stepping down MORE the people would have said what in the hell are you talking about? This wasn’t Jason Bourne. This was Beavis and Butthead," Cruz continued.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Biden celebrates 'right to repair' wins Advocacy groups urge Congress to tackle tech giants' auto industry focus Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE (D-Minn.), who questioned Horowitz after Cruz, started her questioning by saying she wanted to "tone things down a little bit here."