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The FBI’s watchdog growls

  • A long-awaited report is out by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog into the 2016 investigation of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The report criticizes “inaccuracies and omissions” in warrant applications but found no direct evidence of anti-Trump bias. [Politico / Josh Gerstein]
  • Read the executive summary of the report here. [Washington Post]
  • The big question that led to the report: Did the FBI really start investigating the Trump campaign’s links to Russia because of a tipoff about campaign aide George Papadopoulos? Or was something bigger going on, as Trump has claimed? [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
  • The report found that the investigation really did begin from a tip, and that the tip was sufficient justification. [NYT / Katie Benner]
  • It refutes conspiracy theories that the FBI planted spies in the Trump campaign. [Vox / Jen Kirby]
  • The report does find fault with the process of obtaining a court order to monitor Carter Page; the report alleges that the FBI made several omissions and provided false information about why it wanted to monitor the Trump campaign staffer. [New York Times / Sharon LaFraniere, Eileen Sullivan, Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Charlie Savage]
  • This isn’t the last report into the origins of the Russia probe. There’s also another ongoing investigation by John Durham, a US attorney handpicked by Attorney General Bill Barr. [Washington Post / Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky, Karoun Demirjian and Ellen Nakashima]
  • Durham criticized the inspector general report on Monday — raising the alarming possibility that his criticism is politically motivated. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]

New Zealand volcanic eruption kills at least five

  • An eruption of the most active volcano in New Zealand killed at least five, with many more missing. [New York Times / Jamie Tarabay]
  • While the White Island volcano is known as the most active volcano in New Zealand, this is the first time it has erupted since 2001. [BBC]
  • Five people are confirmed dead, eight people are missing, and 31 remain in the hospital after the eruption. [BuzzFeed / Picture of Matthew Champion]
  • White Island is a popular tourist spot and many tourists are among the afflicted. Ray Cas, a professor emeritus at Monash University, felt that the site was too dangerous for tourism. “White Island has been a disaster waiting to happen for many years,” said Cas. [The Standard / Luke O’Reilly]



“We are, as we do with most active-shooter investigations, we work with a presumption that this was an act of terrorism.” [FBI special agent in charge Rachel Rojas on the investigation of the shooting the Naval Air Base Pensacola]

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