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Utah woman claims vet mistakenly euthanized pet dog after calling wrong family

A Utah family is coping with losing their dog after a vet reportedly euthanized him by mistake.

Andrea Martinez took to Facebook to share the devastating story on Monday, writing that the family took their pet dachshund Ziggy to the emergency room after “his breathing got weird.”

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The emergency vet recommended surgery for Ziggy, which the family agreed to, Martinez said.

While the pup was undergoing the invasive procedure, the vet realized it was going to be “a lot more work and money than they expected” and called to get permission from the family to continue with the surgery or “go ahead and lay him down.”

However, Martinez claims she never received that call.

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Andrea Martinez shared the devastating story on Facebook, writing that the family took their pet dachshund Ziggy to the ER after “his breathing got weird.” (Andrea Martinez)

“But they didn’t call me,” Martinez shared in the post. “[T]hey called another [dog’s] mom thinking it was me, and she said no to go ahead and lay him down.”

Martinez did not find out her dog had been euthanized until someone from the vet’s office called later to tell her Ziggy had been put down. She said that when she “freaked out,” the vet realized “they called the wrong person the first time.”

“Then he got back on [the phone] and he apologized and said, ‘I’m so sorry that this happened, we got confused and ended up calling another dog’s mom,’” Martinez told KUTV. According to the vet, there was another dog named Ziggy, and the vet initially contacted that Ziggy’s family.

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Since finding out the heartbreaking news, Martinez has said she “can’t stop crying” and doesn’t know how to break it to her 6-year-old that “her best friend died.” (Andrea Martinez)

According to Martinez, she said she would have never agreed to let her dog go “without trying more” and blames the vet for “rob[bing] me the choice of saying ‘at least we tried.’”

Since finding out the heartbreaking news, Martinez has said she “can’t stop crying” and doesn’t know how to break it to her 6-year-old that “her best friend died.”

“Ziggy followed me EVERYWHERE and cuddled me every single night. He made my anxiety bearable. I feel so sick that this happened,” she wrote on Facebook.

The name of the vet in Davis County was not shared, but according to KUTV, they apologized for the unfortunate incident and waived the bill, as well as gifted the family an urn, plaque and Christmas ornament with Ziggy’s paw print.

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According to Martinez she said she would have never agreed to let her dog go “without trying more” and blames the vet for “rob[bing] me the choice of saying ‘at least we tried.’” (Andrea Martinez)

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Though with Ziggy’s condition during the surgery, there is no guarantee he would have made it through if they continued trying, per KUTV. However, that does little to help Martinez cope.

“This whole thing seriously makes me so sick to my stomach,” she said.

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Legal Research Reports: Laws Protecting Journalists from Online Harassment

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Attacks against journalists appear to be on the rise recently in countries around the world. These include attacks allegedly directed by governments or politicians, as well as by individuals displeased with their own media coverage or generally with the press. The widespread use of social media has facilitated harassment of journalists in online settings by a variety of means, including by disseminating threats and disinformation, stalking, and broadcasting private or personally identifiable information about targeted journalists (doxing). This report is composed of a survey of relevant international law instruments and activities directed at protection against online threats and harassment of journalists, as well as individual surveys for 11 countries.

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Horowitz Hearing Live Updates: Watchdog Warns Against Exonerating F.B.I. in Russia Inquiry, Pointing to Flaws

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The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, cautioned that no one should view his report as a vindication of F.B.I. officials involved in the aspects of the Russia investigation that he examined.

“The activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” he said in the middle of an exchange with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a close ally of President Trump.

Mr. Horowitz was responding to Mr. Graham’s mention of an Op-Ed by the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey published in The Washington Post after Mr. Horowitz’s report became public.

While Mr. Comey acknowledged that the inspector general found “mistakes” in the administrative process associated with the wiretap applications targeting the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — the focus of the report — Mr. Comey wrote that Mr. Horowitz’s “most important” finding was his debunking of the insinuations by Mr. Trump and his allies that F.B.I. officials, driven by political bias, conspired to sabotage Mr. Trump.

“Those who smeared the F.B.I. are due for an accounting,” Mr. Comey wrote.

Mr. Graham had been marching through a lengthy series of errors, omissions and misleading statements submitted to the court for the surveillance of Mr. Page. The senator portrayed Mr. Comey as writing that Mr. Horowitz’s report “vindicates him,” and asked whether that was a fair assessment, prompting Mr. Horowitz’s remark.

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Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the bureau was acting like “the old F.B.I.” of its former director, J. Edgar Hoover, which “had a chip on its shoulder and wanted to intimidate people and find out what was going on in your life and the law be damned.”Credit…Pete Marovich for The New York Times

Mr. Horowitz clarified why a prosecutor conducting his own review of the Russia investigation had disputed the inspector general’s findings.

John H. Durham, a United States attorney investigating the Russia inquiry at the behest of Attorney General William P. Barr, said on Monday that he had “advised the inspector general that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the F.B.I. case was opened.” But Mr. Durham did not explain the disagreement.

Mr. Horowitz said Mr. Durham disputed one aspect of his conclusion that the F.B.I. had a lawful basis to open the Russia inquiry in July 2016. The F.B.I. opened it as a “full” counterintelligence inquiry, and Mr. Durham thought it should have been a “preliminary” one.

Under F.B.I. standards, agents can open a preliminary investigation on “any allegation or information” that indicates possible criminal activity or threats to national security. Opening a full investigation requires “an articulable factual basis” that “reasonably indicates” that a crime or security threat exists.

Mr. Priestap opened the investigation after WikiLeaks began publishing stolen Democratic emails believed to have been hacked by Russia, and after the bureau learned that a Trump campaign aide suggested that the Russians wanted to coordinate the release of information that could damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

While Mr. Horowitz concluded that those facts were sufficient for Mr. Priestap to open a full investigation, Mr. Durham, he said, told him he did not necessarily agree. But Mr. Durham also said during the meeting “that the information from the friendly foreign government was in his view sufficient to support the preliminary investigation,” Mr. Horowitz said.

Neither Mr. Durham nor Mr. Barr presented any information that changed his mind, Mr. Horowitz added.

Either type of investigation permits the F.B.I. to use confidential human sources to approach and secretly record potential witnesses or targets of the inquiry — the main step the bureau took in the month after opening the inquiry, Mr. Horowitz noted.

But wiretapping, the step investigators took in October, can only be undertaken as part of a full investigation.

Mr. Barr has downplayed Mr. Horowitz’s conclusions, while noting that Mr. Durham has greater ability to investigate people who are outside or no longer in the Justice Department. Still, the Horowitz investigation included 170 interviews of more than 100 witnesses, and he said only two people declined to talk him.

Mr. Horowitz told Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, that he did not think the fact he lacked the ability to subpoena testimony from those two witnesses undermined his conclusions.

One of Mr. Horowitz’s biggest findings dealt with whether any Justice Department or F.B.I. official let their political views affect the opening of the case, called Crossfire Hurricane, or any investigative steps they took. The inspector general found no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions” to open the investigation.

Republicans immediately attacked this conclusion. Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana labeled investigators the “Misfire Hurricane” team. Mr. Graham and other Republican senators pointed to texts among F.B.I. officials involved in the investigation — uncovered by the inspector general — that indicated anti-Trump sentiments as evidence that the officials acted with bias.

“There is no planet on which I think this report indicates that things were O.K. within the F.B.I.,” said Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah.

Mr. Horowitz said that while he found no evidence that the errors and omissions in the surveillance materials were intentional — as opposed to merely stemming from “gross incompetence and negligence” — he was also not satisfied with the explanations offered for why they happened. He said he could not read people’s minds to learn their motivations.

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Read the Inspector General’s Report on the Russia Investigation

The Justice Department’s inspector general released this report into the early stages of the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation.

Both sides praised Mr. Horowitz for unearthing a litany of serious problems with the F.B.I.’s pursuit of a court order to wiretap a former Trump foreign policy adviser, Carter Page. Mr. Horowitz found 17 significant errors or omissions in their application for the court order and three renewals of it, according to his voluminous report.

Mr. Graham slammed the F.B.I. for using a dossier of opposition research about Mr. Trump compiled by a British former spy, Christopher Steele, for Democrats in the Page wiretap applications — and for continuing to use it to seek renewals even after they interviewed Mr. Steele’s primary source and he contradicted what the dossier said.

Many of the problems that Mr. Horowitz uncovered centered on investigators’ use of the dossier as part of the materials submitted to the court to show they had probable cause to suspect that Mr. Page was an agent of a foreign power.

Mr. Horowitz found that the initial application relied on four claims from the dossier and that their credibility eroded over time, but that law enforcement officials failed to update the court as they sought renewals of the wiretap. Mr. Graham pressed him on whether a judge would have approved the renewal applications had investigators been clearer about the status of that material. Mr. Horowitz said he made no determination, but he acknowledged in his report that investigators appeared to overstate the strength of their applications.

Mr. Graham also focused on Mr. Horowitz’s finding that a lower-level F.B.I. lawyer had doctored an email from the C.I.A. used in preparing to seek a renewal of a wiretap order targeting Mr. Page in a way that kept the court from learning potentially exculpatory information about him.

“It is definitely not routine,” Mr. Horowitz said of his findings about the F.B.I.’s pursuit of the Page wiretap application and renewals. “I don’t know any reason to think it is routine.”

Republican senators expressed alarm that an F.B.I. agent collected information about Mr. Trump and Michael T. Flynn, a top adviser at the time, while briefing them on counterintelligence risks to the Trump campaign in August 2016.

The agent thought the briefing would be a good opportunity to make himself familiar with Mr. Flynn, who was one of the four Trump associates under investigation and might need to be interviewed later. In the days afterward, the F.B.I. agent wrote a memo based on his observations of Mr. Trump and Mr. Flynn and added it to the Russia investigation file.

The episode highlighted a key complaint by Trump allies about the Russia inquiry: that investigators improperly intruded on the campaign. Though Mr. Horowitz did not uncover any instances of agents flouting policy in the investigative steps they took, critics have called for the F.B.I. to reconsider its lack of restrictions on opening investigations that involve scrutiny of constitutionally protected activities, such as political campaigns.

Asked whether the move was typical, Mr. Horowitz said there was no policy forbidding it, then mentioned that the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, had insisted that it would “not happen going forward.

“I think it’s pretty clear what his state of mind is on that: This should not have occurred,” Mr. Horowitz said.

Republicans repeatedly expressed concerns that the F.B.I. took actions that amounted to spying on the campaign. In particular, officials used at least one informant who wore a concealed recording device and an undercover agent to interact with two Trump campaign aides.

The inspector general said the F.B.I. needed little approval to use such intrusive techniques, even in such sensitive investigations, and that F.B.I. officials did not notify Justice Department leaders, which he described as concerning. “Nobody knew beforehand,” Mr. Horowitz said. “And that was one of the most concerning things here, was that nobody needed to be told.”

In March 2017, Mr. Trump accused the F.B.I. and Obama administration officials illegally wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign. But Mr. Horowitz said he found no indication that the F.B.I. had conducted such electronic surveillance.

F.B.I. officials could have avoided many of their troubling mistakes and omissions, Mr. Horowitz concluded in his report, offering nine recommendations for changes within the bureau to prevent similar failures.

The F.B.I. opened the Russia investigation without the approval of the Justice Department and did notify national security lawyers at the department after the investigation was opened. Though that is allowed under existing policies, the inspector general said officials should evaluate whether certain sensitive investigations should require informing the deputy attorney general.

The inspector general also said that top officials at the F.B.I. need to a better job running investigations out of headquarters.

Republicans have also criticized the F.B.I. for not briefing Mr. Trump about a possible threat to his campaign after the F.B.I. opened the Russia investigation in July 2016. Mr. Horowitz said the F.B.I. should develop a better job figuring out when to do such briefings.

Mr. Horowitz also said that the F.B.I. should review the performance of all the officials involved in assembling the wiretap applications, including those overseeing the investigation into Mr. Page. and ordered 40 corrective steps to address them.

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Majority of US thinks Trump did not cooperate with impeachment, sought to hinder investigation, poll says

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Fed Keeps Interest Rates Steady and Projects Little Movement Ahead

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at its final meeting of the year on Wednesday, and officials signaled that they would wait to see how the economy fared before making another move.

Officials penciled in no rate changes next year, according to their latest set of quarterly economic projections, and saw only one move in 2021, followed by a second in 2022.

The Fed’s wait-and-see outlook underscores the level of comfort that Chair Jerome H. Powell and his colleagues have with the state of the economy after ushering in three interest rate cuts between July and late October. Those moves were meant to guard the economy from the fallout of President Trump’s prolonged trade war and slowing growth abroad.

On Wednesday, Mr. Powell suggested those cuts have had their intended effect.

“Our economic outlook remains a favorable one,” he said at a news conference following the Fed’s two-day meeting. He noted that the economic expansion is in its 11th year — the longest on record — and that Americans who want a job are finding one.

“We expect the job market to remain strong,” he said. “As long as incoming information about the economy remains broadly consistent with this outlook” the “current stance” will “likely” remain appropriate.”

In the Fed’s post-meeting statement, officials dropped their previous caveat that “uncertainties about this outlook remain,” in a sign of their increasing confidence in the economy.

While many economists were on recession-watch just six months ago, the Fed has become more optimistic about the economic outlook as the job market has held up and consumers continue spending. Mr. Powell indicated the Fed is in no rush to cut or raise rates, saying “I like where we are on policy.”

The upshot: the Fed is that is taking a long pause unless something comes along to change its mind.

Risks do exist and Fed officials did not suggest everything was rosy. The outlook for manufacturing “has declined,” Mr. Powell said, attributing that to “sluggish growth abroad and trade developments.”

In its statement, officials said that “although household spending has been rising at a strong pace, business fixed investment and exports remain weak.”

Some of that weakness is attributable to Mr. Trump’s trade war with China, which has put a chill on business investment as companies wait to see whether the world’s largest economies can resolve their differences.

Mr. Powell said that businesses have “been telling us for a year and a half that trade policy uncertainty is weighing on the outlook.”

Trade remains a critical wild card for the central bank. While tensions have shown recent signs of easing, how they will end is anyone’s guess. Barring a last-minute delay, another round of tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese goods is to go into effect on Sunday, at which point the United States will have imposed levies on nearly every shoe, laptop and bicycle imported from China.

“Policy changes in the speed of a tweet,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton. “As good as they feel about things, they also know how fast they can change.”

Mr. Powell’s colleagues lined up uniformly behind the decision to leave policy on hold this month. All 17 Fed officials were comfortable leaving rates unchanged and only four see higher rates in 2020, based on the economic projections, down from nine when the Fed released its last set of quarterly projections in September.

While Mr. Trump has been pressuring the Fed to slash interest rates more aggressively, even urging Mr. Powell and his colleagues to cut borrowing costs below zero, the central bank operates independently of the White House and answers to Congress.

Lawmakers have given the central bank two goals: achieving and maintaining stable inflation and maximum employment. They adjust interest rates to either speed or slow the economy in a quest to accomplish those goals.

Unemployment is at a 50-year low and the job market continues to grow steadily, which is helping to fuel consumer spending and stoke broader economic growth. Inflation, on the other hand, has been mired below 2 percent for much of the economic expansion.

While very slow price gains might sound good to everyday consumers, they can create problems if they continue for too long. The Fed’s policy interest rate incorporates inflation, so weak increases leave the central bank with less room to cut borrowing costs to prop up the economy in the case of an economic downturn.

Fed policymakers see price gains returning to their 2 percent goal only by the end of 2021, based on their latest economic projections.

In a sign of how the Fed is reconsidering long-held policy assumptions, the central bank lowered its estimate of the level of unemployment that the economy can sustain in the longer run. That projection is now at 4.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent in September.

The number has been marching steadily lower in recent years as robust hiring has surprised Fed officials: joblessness has marched steadily lower, but wages are climbing only moderately and inflation has yet to take off.

While the Fed has historically lifted interest rates to guard against price spikes from very low unemployment, Mr. Powell has signaled that the central bank is now comfortable leaving interest rates on hold even with unemployment at a 50-year low. The Fed is watching for signs that inflation is headed higher before it changes course and adjusts rates.

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Majority of US thinks Trump did not cooperate with impeachment, sought to hinder investigation, poll says

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Moment daughter reunites with dad after providing life-saving liver donation

The touching moment when a father and daughter were reunited in his hospital room after she donated part of her liver to him was captured by family members who witnessed the emotional scene.

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The pair were reunited several days after the transplant, and exchanged emotional I love yous.  (T&T Creative )

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Tiffany Knapp provided the lifesaving transplant for her father, Richard Burdge, back in September. Days after the procedure, she was able to walk into this room, and then was wheeled over to his bedside.

The family had been searching for a donor for the 63-year-old since December but hadn’t been able to find a match until Knapp reached six months post-partum and was able to be tested. The pair, who underwent their respective surgeries in New York, couldn’t hold back their tears when they saw each other post-transplant.

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The pair exchanged I love yous, before Burdge told his daughter, a mother-of-three, that she saved his life. The original footage was viewed over 5,000 times.

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“We are all so grateful and overwhelmed with the amount of people reaching out,” Tammy Burdge Quenet, who shared photos and a video of the pair post-surgery on Facebook, wrote back in September. “We hope you all understand if we can’t answer every comment or text. Please know we love you all and are so blessed to have all your love and support behind us. We will do our best to keep updating everyone!”

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Donald Trump Jr. Slams Time For Naming Greta Thunberg Person of the Year

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Thunberg was chosen from Time’s five finalists, which also included the anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sparked the impeachment probe.

Being a finalist does not seem to have been enough for Trump Jr.

The Hong Kong protests, which have been ongoing since March, were sparked by a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China to face trials, according to Reuters. Protesters viewed the measure as a threat to Hong Kong’s autonomy

Many conservative organizations joined Trump Jr. in criticizing the choice of Thunberg over the protesters. The Federalist argued that Thunberg wasn’t worthy because she “sticks to challenges with less risk, like speaking to groups of people who entirely agree with her.” Townhall wished Time “would have rethought their decision.” The Daily Wire wrote that “leftists have been celebrating the news, seemingly unbothered by the fact she won over the Hong Kong Protesters.”

The president last month signed legislation backing the protesters, despite China’s objections. 

He also has a history with Thunberg. In September, after video of an impassioned Thunberg speech about the looming climate disaster went viral, Trump mocked her in a sarcastic tweet, saying she seemed “like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”

Thunberg didn’t directly respond, but changed her Twitter bio to read: “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.” 

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Twitter is convinced Fashion Nova is trolling Kim Kardashian and her outfits

Fashion Nova apparently has some explaining to do.

The popular online fashion store is being called out by Twitter users who say it is clearly trolling Kim Kardashian West and her signature style.

Many have noticed that Fashion Nova’s model strikingly resembles Kardashian and that some of the outfits it sells look an awful lot like those worn by the reality TV star.

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“Fashionnova vs kim kardashian has been one of my favorite low key things of the decade,” a Twitter user posted on Tuesday.

Another tweet shows side-by-side images of three Fashion Nova models — though it’s not clear if it’s the same woman or not — one of whom is wearing an outfit that is nearly identical to Kardashian’s outfit from her fashion line, Skims.

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“Fashion nova steals from everyone else,” a Twitter user said. (Photo: Fashion Nova)

The tweet sparked a flurry of comments from Twitter users, some accusing Fashion Nova of biting Kardashian’s style and others defending the fashion brand.

“Fashion nova 5 minutes after Kim released her new clothing sets,” one person tweeted along with a GIF of an assembly line at a factory.

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“The devil works hard but fashion nova works harder,” another joked.

Someone else said, “Fashion nova steals from everyone else anyway. Both frauds.”

But not everyone agreed with the argument that Fashion Nova was copying Kardashian.

“Fashion nova been doing comfy … before skims even announced they were launching this collection,” one Twitter user commented.

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“It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers,” Kardashian tweeted in February. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

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“First of all, kimk did NOT start this trend,” another Twitter user wrote. “There’s been websites w this set forever … she just knows she could sell it for way more.”

Apparently, Kardashian also thinks Fashion Nova, or at least companies like it, uses her likeness to sell products.

Earlier this year, she took to Twitter to call out fashion companies for their “rip off designs.”

“It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas,” she tweeted at the time.

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“I’ve watched these companies profit off my husband’s work for years and now that it’s also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent,” she added.

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Horowitz Hearing Live Updates: No Vindication for F.B.I. in Russia Inquiry, Watchdog Says

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Michael Horowitz, the inspector general of the Justice Department, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.CreditCredit…Pete Marovich for The New York Times

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The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, cautioned that no one should view his report as a vindication of F.B.I. officials involved in the aspects of the Russia investigation that he examined.

“The activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” he said in the middle of an exchange with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a close ally of President Trump.

Mr. Horowitz was responding to Mr. Graham’s mention of an Op-Ed by the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey published in The Washington Post after Mr. Horowitz’s report became public.

While Mr. Comey acknowledged that the inspector general found “mistakes” in the administrative process associated with the wiretap applications targeting the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — the focus of the report — Mr. Comey wrote that Mr. Horowitz’s “most important” finding was his debunking of the insinuations by Mr. Trump and his allies that F.B.I. officials, driven by political bias, conspired to sabotage Mr. Trump.

“Those who smeared the F.B.I. are due for an accounting,” Mr. Comey wrote.

Mr. Graham had been marching through a lengthy series of errors, omissions and misleading statements submitted to the court for the surveillance of Mr. Page. The senator portrayed Mr. Comey as writing that Mr. Horowitz’s report “vindicates him,” and asked whether that was a fair assessment, prompting Mr. Horowitz’s remark.

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Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the bureau was acting like “the old F.B.I.” of its former director, J. Edgar Hoover, which “had a chip on its shoulder and wanted to intimidate people and find out what was going on in your life and the law be damned.”Credit…Pete Marovich for The New York Times

Mr. Horowitz clarified why a prosecutor conducting his own review of the Russia investigation had disputed the inspector general’s findings.

John H. Durham, a United States attorney investigating the Russia inquiry at the behest of Attorney General William P. Barr, said on Monday that he had “advised the inspector general that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the F.B.I. case was opened.” But Mr. Durham did not explain the disagreement.

Mr. Horowitz said Mr. Durham disputed one aspect of his conclusion that the F.B.I. had a lawful basis to open the Russia inquiry in July 2016. The F.B.I. opened it as a “full” counterintelligence inquiry, and Mr. Durham thought it should have been a “preliminary” one.

Under F.B.I. standards, agents can open a preliminary investigation on “any allegation or information” that indicates possible criminal activity or threats to national security. Opening a full investigation requires “an articulable factual basis” that “reasonably indicates” that a crime or security threat exists.

Mr. Priestap opened the investigation after WikiLeaks began publishing stolen Democratic emails believed to have been hacked by Russia, and after the bureau learned that a Trump campaign aide suggested that the Russians wanted to coordinate the release of information that could damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

While Mr. Horowitz concluded that those facts were sufficient for Mr. Priestap to open a full investigation, Mr. Durham, he said, told him he did not necessarily agree. But Mr. Durham also said during the meeting “that the information from the friendly foreign government was in his view sufficient to support the preliminary investigation,” Mr. Horowitz said.

Neither Mr. Durham nor Mr. Barr presented any information that changed his mind, Mr. Horowitz added.

Either type of investigation permits the F.B.I. to use confidential human sources to approach and secretly record potential witnesses or targets of the inquiry — the main step the bureau took in the month after opening the inquiry, Mr. Horowitz noted.

But wiretapping, the step investigators took in October, can only be undertaken as part of a full investigation.

One of Mr. Horowitz’s biggest findings dealt with whether any Justice Department or F.B.I. official let their political views affect the opening of Crossfire Hurricane or any investigative steps they took. The inspector general found no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions” to open the investigation.

Republicans immediately attacked this conclusion. Mr. Graham and other Republican senators pointed to texts among F.B.I. officials involved in the investigation — uncovered by the inspector general — that indicated anti-Trump sentiments as evidence that the officials acted with bias.

“There is no planet on which I think this report indicates that things were O.K. within the F.B.I.,” said Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah.

Mr. Horowitz said that while he found no evidence that the errors and omissions in the surveillance materials were intentional — as opposed to merely stemming from “gross incompetence and negligence” — he was also not satisfied with the explanations offered for why they happened. He said he could not read people’s minds to learn their motivations.

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Read the Inspector General’s Report on the Russia Investigation

The Justice Department’s inspector general released this report into the early stages of the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation.

Both sides praised Mr. Horowitz for unearthing a litany of serious problems with the F.B.I.’s pursuit of a court order to wiretap a former Trump foreign policy adviser, Carter Page. Mr. Horowitz found 17 significant errors or omissions in their application for the court order and three renewals of it, according to his voluminous report.

Mr. Graham slammed the F.B.I. for using a dossier of opposition research about Mr. Trump compiled by a British former spy, Christopher Steele, for Democrats in the Page wiretap applications — and for continuing to use it to seek renewals even after they interviewed Mr. Steele’s primary source and he contradicted what the dossier said.

Many of the problems that Mr. Horowitz uncovered centered on investigators’ use of the dossier as part of the materials submitted to the court to show they had probable cause to suspect that Mr. Page was an agent of a foreign power.

Mr. Horowitz found that the initial application relied on four claims from the dossier and that their credibility eroded over time, but that law enforcement officials failed to update the court as they sought renewals of the wiretap. Mr. Graham pressed him on whether a judge would have approved the renewal applications had investigators been clearer about the status of that material. Mr. Horowitz said he made no determination, but he acknowledged in his report that investigators appeared to overstate the strength of their applications.

Mr. Graham also focused on Mr. Horowitz’s finding that a lower-level F.B.I. lawyer had doctored an email from the C.I.A. used in preparing to seek a renewal of a wiretap order targeting Mr. Page in a way that kept the court from learning potentially exculpatory information about him.

“It is definitely not routine,” Mr. Horowitz said of his findings about the Page wiretap applications. “I don’t know any reason to think it is routine.”

Republican senators expressed alarm that an F.B.I. agent collected information about Mr. Trump and Michael T. Flynn, a top adviser at the time, while briefing them on counterintelligence risks to the Trump campaign in August 2016.

The agent thought the briefing would be a good opportunity to make himself familiar with Mr. Flynn, who was one of the four Trump associates under investigation and might need to be interviewed later. In the days afterward, the F.B.I. agent wrote a memo based on his observations of Mr. Trump and Mr. Flynn and added it to the Russia investigation file.

The episode highlighted a key complaint by Trump allies about the Russia inquiry: that investigators improperly intruded on the campaign. Though Mr. Horowitz did not uncover any instances of agents flouting policy in the investigative steps they took, critics have called for the F.B.I. to reconsider its lack of restrictions on opening investigations that involve scrutiny of constitutionally protected activities, such as political campaigns.

Asked whether the move was typical, Mr. Horowitz said there was no policy forbidding it, then mentioned that the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, had insisted that it would “not happen going forward.

“I think it’s pretty clear what his state of mind is on that: This should not have occurred,” Mr. Horowitz said.

Republicans repeatedly expressed concerns that the F.B.I. took actions that amounted to spying on the campaign. In particular, officials used at least one informant who wore a concealed recording device and an undercover agent to interact with two Trump campaign aides.

The inspector general said the F.B.I. needed little approval to use such intrusive techniques, even in such sensitive investigations, and that F.B.I. officials did not notify Justice Department leaders, which he described as concerning. “Nobody knew beforehand,” Mr. Horowitz said. “And that was one of the most concerning things here, was that nobody needed to be told.”

In March 2017, Mr. Trump accused the F.B.I. and Obama administration officials illegally wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign. But Mr. Horowitz said he found no indication that the F.B.I. had conducted such electronic surveillance.

F.B.I. officials could have avoided many of their troubling mistakes and omissions, Mr. Horowitz concluded in his report, offering nine recommendations for changes within the bureau to prevent similar failures.

The F.B.I. opened the Russia investigation without the approval of the Justice Department and did notify national security lawyers at the department after the investigation was opened. Though that is allowed under existing policies, the inspector general said officials should evaluate whether certain sensitive investigations should require informing the deputy attorney general.

The inspector general also said that top officials at the F.B.I. need to a better job running investigations out of headquarters.

Republicans have also criticized the F.B.I. for not briefing Mr. Trump about a possible threat to his campaign after the F.B.I. opened the Russia investigation in July 2016. Mr. Horowitz said the F.B.I. should develop a better job figuring out when to do such briefings.

Mr. Horowitz also said that the F.B.I. should review the performance of all the officials involved in assembling the wiretap applications, including those overseeing the investigation into Mr. Page. The F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, said he has accepted the inspector general’s conclusions and his recommendations.

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