Transcript for Inspector general set to release report on origins of Russia investigation
In Washington the release of the official report investigating the origins of the Russia investigation. It comes from the inspector general of the justice department charged with examining whether the original FBI investigation into the trump campaign's contact with Russia was legitimate. Our chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas is at the justice department where the report will be made public later today. Good morning, Pierre. Reporter: George, good morning. This new long awaited report has extraordinary implications for the reputation of the FBI and will try to answer some of the allegations president trump has made against the bureau and the justice department about the origins of the Russia probe. The big question today's report will answer in just a few hours, did the FBI have enough legitimate evidence in 2016 to seek a special foreign intelligence surveillance warrant targeting a trump associate, allowing the bureau to monitor his communications including text messages, emails and even listen to phone calls. Sources telling ABC news the inspector general will conclude that the search warrant was legal and sources say the report offers no evidence that the bureau infiltrated the trump campaign with illegal spies, contradicting the president's It was an illegal investigation. It was started illegally. Reporter: But sources say it does issue damning findings including mistakes and omissions by FBI officials to the court and justice department officials overseeing the warrants. At least one attorney altered a communication used in connection with those warrants. And the inspector general did find evidence of bias against trump among some FBI officials. The inspector general is also expected to lay out in detail the exact role of the so-called Steele dossier developed by a former British intelligence officer working for Democrats. But sources say the report will find those mistakes did not outweigh the need to investigate numerous contacts between trump associates and Russian operatives during the 2016 election when the Kremlin hacked the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Supporters of the FBI and critics will find something to latch on to here. This report will give clarity even as the attorney general has authorized another investigation looking at some of these same issues. You mentioned Christopher Steele. We learned overnight he was told by the justice department that information had been blacked out by the inspector general is actually going to be released and this is highly unusual. Usually subjects are given the chance to review the information about them. Reporter: That's right, George. He has been told this information will be released. He has not been told what the details are. We reach the out to the justice department and have not heard back. Pierre, thanks very much. I know you'll join us for live coverage for these stories starting at 9:00 A.M. Now to that winter whiplash. Snow and downpours out west and
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