Donald Trump Jr. on Saturday, April 11, praised acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell after several  newly declassified footnotes from Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general’s report on the FBI’s Russia investigation released Friday. The footnotes showed the FBI had received indications that the Steele dossier was Russian disinformation.

“It’s amazing what can happen. When the deep state bureaucrats aren’t the ones in charge anymore. We need more @RichardGrenell/s in all of these agencies,” Trump tweeted.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report on FBI misconduct in December 2019 criticizing the agent and the Justice Department for at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and for the bureau’s reliance on former British spy Christopher Steele’s unverified dossier—which was funded by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In response to a request from Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the DOJ and Grenell declassified several footnotes in the IG report that were previously redacted. They showed that the FBI kept using the Steele’s dossier even after receiving information in 2017 about the potential Russian disinformation campaign.

“It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation,” the two Republicans said in a statement. “These footnotes confirm that there was a direct Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, and there were ties between Russian intelligence and a presidential campaign—the Clinton campaign, not Trump’s.” 

Attorney General William Barr during a Thursday appearance on “The Ingraham Angle,” said the Russia investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign was “one of the greatest travesties in American history.”

Through his report, Horowitz determined the FBI properly opened its counterintelligence investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, into potential ties between Trump campaign and Russia in the summer of 2016. After FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump in May 2017, Robert Mueller was tapped to be the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, which ultimately found no evidence of collusion.

Barr said the president “has every right to be frustrated” by the investigation, adding, “Without any basis they started this investigation of his campaign. And even more concerning, actually, is what happened after the campaign. A whole pattern of events while he was president … to sabotage the presidency … or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.”

Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the FBI two-year Russian probe.

“My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just the mistakes or sloppiness,” Barr said. “There was something far more troubling here. We’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.”

President Trump in February appointed Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, to be the acting director of National Intelligence. The president’s move was sharply criticized by Democrats and mainstream media. 

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