Horowitz Testifies That FBI Created “fraudulent evidence”

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Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz confirmed that the FBI created “fraudulent evidence” to be “used as the basis for a sworn statement” to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

“A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email that is in turn used as the basis for a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked.

“That’s correct. That’s what occurred.”  Horowitz confirmed.


This exchange happened after an exchange with Lindsey Graham (R-SC), where Horowitz described the FBI surveillance of the 2016 Trump campaign as “illegal surveillance.”

Graham: “Let’s put it this way, if you don’t have a legal foundation to surveil somebody and you keep doing it, is that bad?” Graham asked him.

“Absolutely.” Horowitz confirmed.

“Is that spying?” Graham asked.

“It’s illegal surveillance, it’s not court authorized surveillance.” Horowitz confirmed.