SE­NATE OPENS CON­TRO­VER­SIAL RUS­SIA PROBE

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON A top Se­nate Repub­li­can ally of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ac­cused the FBI on Wed­nes­day of con­duct­ing a cor­rupt in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Trump’s 2016 cam­paign, dur­ing a con­gres­sional probe that Democrats view as part of a par­ti­san at­tack on can­di­date Joe Bi­den.

For­mer U.S. deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein, pic­tured, told a Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee he was un­aware of prob­lems with war­rants al­low­ing the FBI probe code-named “Cross­fire Hur­ri­cane” to keep Trump 2016 cam­paign of­fi­cials un­der sur­veil­lance and would not have given his ap­proval if he had known about them.

“Ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion that I ap­proved ap­peared to be jus­ti­fied based on the facts it alleged, and the FBI was sup­posed to be fol­low­ing pro­to­cols to en­sure that ev­ery fact was ver­i­fied,” Rosen­stein tes­ti­fied at a hear­ing.

The FBI launched the probe after learn­ing of con­tacts be­tween cam­paign of­fi­cials and Rus­sia in­volv­ing informatio­n about Trump’s then ri­val, Hil­lary Clin­ton.

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