by Damjan Tutarkov
Former FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday pertaining the FBI’s 2016 probe into Russian election meddling.
What’s at stake: Republicans have for months criticized Comey for the omissions and errors FBI agents made in their FISA applications for warrants to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
The Justice Department (DOJ) Inspector General report on the launching of the FBI’s Russia investigation laid out 17 “basic and fundamental” errors in the FBI’s applications for wiretap warrants to the FISA court, but concluded that FBI agents did not display anti-Trump bias in filing the applications.
Republicans have also railed against the FBI’s dependence on the discredited anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele in launching their investigation, even though Steele’s own sub-source, a suspected Russian spy, disputed the dossier in an interview with the FBI, Fox News reports.