Wednesday’s testimony of Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz revealed that the FBI lied in a 2017 letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
“On September 20, 2017, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent a letter to the FBI Director Christopher Wray, asking about whether or not the FBI ever provided the Trump campaign with a defensive briefing regarding Russian interference in 2016.” The Federalist reported.
“I write to inquire about whether the FBI ever provided the Trump campaign with a defensive briefing or other warning regarding attempts to infiltrate the campaign by people connected with, or compromised by, Russian intelligence,” Grassley said in the letter.
The FBI responded on October 26, 2017, claiming they did provide a defensive briefing to the Trump campaign.
“In August of 2016 the FBI provided a counterintelligence defensive briefing to then candidate Donald Trump and other senior campaign officials. This defensive briefing was conducted by an experienced FBI counterintelligence agent and focused on the broad range of threats posed by foreign intelligence entities,” replied FBI’s Gregory Brower, assistant director in the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs.
However, this claim was contradicted during the Horowitz testimony, during an exchange between Horowitz and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“Did [the FBI] ever brief Hillary Clinton about efforts to foreign influences involving her campaign? Do you know?” Graham asked.
“I’ve heard that, but I don’t know that for fact,” Horowitz said.
“They did. Good for them,” Graham said. “And they stopped it. Was there ever a defensive briefing given by the FBI Department of Justice to Donald Trump about the concerns?”
“There was not,” Horowitz said.