The US Justice Department yesterday released its Inspector General's report on the FBI's 2016 Crossfire Hurricane investigation, which was opened to investigate allegations of Russian influence in President Trump's campaign. The IG said that the FBI did have grounds to open the investigation, but the investigation itself displayed "serious failures," particularly relating to the way the FBI obtained and used FISA warrants, and in the way it handled confidential human sources.
In summary, the report states that "In the preparation of the FISA applications to surveil Carter Page, the Crossfire Hurricane team failed to comply with FBI policies, and in so doing fell short of what is rightfully expected from a premier law enforcement agency entrusted with such an intrusive surveillance tool. In light of the significant concerns identified with the Carter Page FISA applications and the other issues described in this report, the OIG today initiated an audit that will further examine the FBI's compliance with the Woods Procedures in FISA applications that target U.S. persons in both counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations. We also make the following recommendations to assist the Department and the FBI in avoiding similar failures in future investigations."