Maybe, just maybe, there’s no Deep State plot to get Donald Trump after all.

For more than a year, Trump’s backers have held out hope that a long-running investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general would blow the lid off of a government-wide conspiracy. Everyone from Fox News to QAnon 你已经猜测 该IG报告会,在一些不确定的方式,暴露前联邦调查局局长詹姆斯·科米,副安德鲁·麦凯布,国家情报詹姆斯拍板主任的腐败意图,中央情报局局长约翰·布伦南,彼得strzok,丽莎页罗伯特·米勒,希拉里·克林顿,克里斯托弗·斯蒂尔和“深州”字整体铸造于2016年特朗普有出来给WHO。

它根本不是那么回事。周一,督察长迈克尔·霍洛维茨公布的500页几乎提到俄罗斯和王牌活动之间的潜在联系的机构的探测器“四个FISA应用和联邦调查局的调查交火飓风等方面,审查”。报告总结了调查涵盖170多个,与100周多名证人的采访,以及一百万文件的审查。

正是震撼没有谁,在关注的事实,报告发现IG在广招,联邦调查局的2016年特朗普的竞选的调查预测正确,下正确的证据的程序打开,并依法进行。霍洛维茨确实发现各种手续,司法部的至少17种违法行为有关的FISA监控应用 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page—but nothing that would give credence to the Trump's long-running grievance that the entirety of the US government was out to get him in 2016.

相反,闭幕霍洛维茨,联邦调查局是通过正确的信号困扰它HAD 2016邪恶的设计回升,俄罗斯在那年的总统选举。联邦调查局的“授权宗旨”展开调查霍洛维茨,这是介绍给局领导和指定的说,“敏感调查此事。”联邦调查局的使用保密是源合适的,没有“书面证言或证据政治偏见或不当动机“的情况下发挥了作用。一个接一个,霍洛维茨阴谋破坏了关键的谈话点王牌l和,包括王牌竞选助手这是乔治·帕帕多普洛斯由CIA植物走近。

这就是说,霍洛维茨确实发现在众多的网页监控应用足够的困扰功德联邦调查局的FISA更广泛的程序进行审查的失败。 “虽然一些事实的错报和漏报,我们发现,在本次审查中都可以说比其他人更显著,我们相信所有的人都在做它看来,支持可能的原因的信息比是卫生组织的情况下更强的FISA的应用结合在一起,导致“该报告指出。

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“说了这么多基本必不可少的,错误是由三个独立的,钦点的球队最敏感联邦调查局调查这是听取了最高的水平之内,联邦调查局的一个作出的,而联邦调查局官员预计,最终将受到严格审查,至于提出的问题命令的管理和FISA过程的监督显著FBI链,“报告说。

但IG报告描绘短的调查步骤,而事后来看,必然和明显的似乎停止了又一个画面的机构。联邦调查局没有最终追求的三个王牌助手 - 帕帕多普洛斯,运动座椅Manafort保罗FISA监控,和退休的将军谁迈克尔 - 弗林所有后来成为关键人物 special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. If anything, it seems the FBI should have investigated harder than it did.

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In response to the report, FBI director Christopher Wray 公布 Monday that he’d ordered “more than 40 corrective steps” to address shortcomings highlighted by Horowitz.

迎接该报告由那些被认为长期缓解是正视在其最十字星。 strzok的律师,艾坦Goelman,在声明中说霍洛维茨“WHO什么每个人都曾经与皮特确认已经strzok不知不觉,25年来保护我们的国家,个人的意见从来没有影响他的工作作为一个正式的他的联邦调查局。那些不顾一切地否认ESTA真理为政治利益做严重伤害“。

It’s unclear, though, what if any impact Horowitz’s report will have on the *other* pending Justice Department inquiry into its own actions in 2016, an investigation led by Connecticut US attorney John Durham that apparently has at least some component that is an active criminal probe. Attorney general Bill Barr has been deeply invested as well, conducting in-person reconnaissance on Durham’s behalf.

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There’s still reason to worry that the country isn’t yet out of the GOP’s fever swamp. Barr’s own legwork on the Durham probe has left US allies dismayed. As one British official who saw what Barr wanted from that country told the UK’s 独立, “It is like nothing we have come across before, they are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services.”

在违反离奇的协议,达勒姆自己评论了霍洛维茨报告甚至他的王牌自己的调查仍在进行之中,他说我不会在他自己的说法“不符合报告的结论的认同。”巴尔忽略了IG的结论,即调查是合理的。 “检察长的报告,现在美国联邦调查局也明确推出了美国总统大选的最薄的怀疑侵入调查得知,在我看来,以证明所采取的是不够的步骤,”巴尔写道。 “还有一点很清楚的是,自成立以来,通过调查产生的证据是一致开脱罪责。”

And then there’s Trump himself, whose assessment of the report feels entirely disconnected from reality. “It’s incredible, far worse than what I ever thought possible,” 特朗普说 at the White House Monday. “This was an attempted overthrow and a lot of people were in on it, 和 they got caught.”

Which is to say, who knows where Barr’s theories may yet take us in the coming weeks? The GOP has been increasingly willing to embrace unhinged conspiracies, including the idea that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election rather than Russia. Given that level of disconnect from ground truth, don’t expect the inspector general’s report to put an end to Deep State delusions. It appears set to simply add more fuel to the fire.



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盖瑞特米。格拉夫f (@vermontgmg) is a contributing editor for WIRED 和 the co-author of THE DAWN OF THE CODE WAR: America's Battle Against Russia, China, 和 the Rising Global Cyber Threat. His latest book, THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY: An Oral History of 9/11, was published in September. He can be reached at garrett.graff@gmail.com.