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 SchiffOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Schiff schedules public hearing with US intel chief  Harris calls for Parnas to testify at Senate trial MORE (D-Calif.) defended the FBI’s investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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) WallaceChris Wallace: Pelosi plan to force 'McConnell to bow to her will' was a 'total failure' The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment week Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing 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 NunesDemocratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats 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.