Justice review of Russia probe to find no spying by FBI: NY Times

An investigation by an internal government watchdog has not found evidence that the FBI tried to put informants in President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE's 2016 campaign, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with a draft report on the probe. 

The Times reported that the finding is one of several by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz that impairs Trump-ally claims of impropriety by the bureau. It reportedly finds that the FBI didn't act in a politically motivated manner when seeking to wiretap then-Trump campaign aide Carter Page. 

The draft report criticizes FBI officials for alleged errors and omissions, the Times reported. It reportedly concludes that the FBI was careless when trying to wiretap Page and accuses a lawyer of altering a document in 2017. 


The front-line lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, could face criminal charges, according to the newspaper. 

Neither The Hill nor the Times has reviewed the draft report. The people familiar cautioned the Times that it is not finalized.

The Times reported that the document will also debunk the claim that the FBI relied on a dossier by former British spy Christopher Steele, though it will say the bureau should have told judges about possible issues with the document.