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Inspector General Confirms Probe of Warrant to Spy on Trump Aide

  • Justice Department watchdog pursues questions on Russia probe
  • Sessions, Republican lawmakers allege an anti-Trump bias
Inspector General Michael Horowitz

Inspector General Michael Horowitz

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The Justice Department inspector general confirmed for the first time that he’s looking into whether FBI and department officials acted properly in obtaining a warrant during the 2016 presidential race to spy on a campaign aide to Donald Trump.

While Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office didn’t name the “certain U.S. person” who was targeted, he said he was responding to requests from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and members of Congress. Sessions and Republican lawmakers have demanded an investigation into the surveillance of Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the campaign.