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Schiff defends FBI investigation into Trump campaign, saying errors were not 'apparent' two years ago

Schiff defends FBI investigation into Trump campaign, saying errors were not 'apparent' two years ago
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House Intelligence Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? Biden holds off punishing Saudi crown prince, despite US intel MORE (D-Calif.) defended the FBI’s investigation into President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE's campaign on Sunday, adding that the errors found by the Department of Justice inspector general’s (IG) report were not “apparent” two years ago.

The chairman argued on "Fox News Sunday" that while the FBI made "serious" mistakes relating to surveillance of Trump campaign aides under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the investigation was still warranted.  

Schiff added that he was “unaware of” the mistakes uncovered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his report released last week.  

“I’m certainly willing to admit the inspector general found serious abuses of FISA that I was unaware of,” he said to host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' MORE. “Had I known of them, Chris, yes I would have called out the FBI at the same time. “

Schiff maintained that the FBI would have been “negligent” not to launch an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, adding that the  bureau should adopt the inspector general’s recommendations.

“The most significant things I think are that corrective steps will be taken in terms of the FISA process and that the IG debunked the claims of the president, by Mr. Nunes and others of this deep state conspiracy,” Schiff added, referring to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC What good are the intelligence committees? CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

The long-awaited Horowitz report released last week concluded the FBI did not act out of political motivation when opening the investigation. It did find 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” made by the bureau during its probe.