Dianne Feinstein Defends FBI: ‘There Is No Deep State’
Ranking member of the committee leads Dems in defending allegations of political bias
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation over allegations of political bias playing a role in surveillance of the Trump campaign.
Feinstein, who is the ranking member of the committee, defended the FBI despite the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz covering a pattern of abuse within the agency.
Feinstein argued, "there is no deep state," amid allegations of FBI political corruption.
Democrats embraced Horowitz’s findings that political bias did not play a role in the key decisions at the FBI.
But critics have cast doubt on his findings, with Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham publically disagreeing with Horowitz on that point.
Feinstein noted that Horowitz found that the investigation was correctly launched following Cobern of Russian meddling.
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham did not contest the finding, but he did, however, brand the report as "criminal," during an interview on “Hannity."
Graham also noted that FBI agents in charge of the investigation of Trump campaign aides had displayed extreme bias against Trump.
Once Trump won the 2016 election, they expressed hope that he would be removed from office.
Feinstein seemingly ignored the pattern of abuse in the report, and instead attacked Trump's claims that he had been the target of a “witch hunt” and a politically-motivated effort by the FBI to spy on his campaign.
She also attacked Barr for claiming that spying had occurred, for “unsupported attacks on the agency that he is responsible for leading,” and for “false claims of political bias.”
Barr slammed the media on Tuesday for pushing the "bogus narrative" about the Trump-Russia controversy, arguing it has done a disservice to the country.
“Our nation was turned on its head for three years, I think, based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press," Barr said.
Feinstein failed to acknowledge that Durham’s investigation is still ongoing and that the question of bias remains unresolved.