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Dec. 9, 2019, 1:52 p.m. EST

FBI didn’t act with bias in Russia probe, report finds

Barr rejects inspector general’s conclusion that sufficient evidence existed to open investigation

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By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch


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A report on the Russia probe that President Donald Trump has called illegitimate found no evidence of political bias.

A Justice Department inspector general’s report released Monday says the Federal Bureau of Investigation was justified in opening its probe into ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia and didn’t act with political bias.

At the same time, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz criticized applications the FBI made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. Page has denied wrongdoing and was never charged. Read the Horowitz report .

President Trump has said that the Russia probe was illegitimate and that FBI officials were biased against him.

Attorney General William Barr rejected the inspector general’s conclusion that there was sufficient evidence to open the investigation.

“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Barr said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.

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