Inspector General to Probe Justice Department Wiretap of Trump Aide

The Justice Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation into the surveillance of former Trump aide Carter Page amid mounting Republican pressure to look into alleged anti-Trump bias. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he would look into whether Justice Department and FBI officials complied with proper laws and departmental policies in obtaining a wiretap for Page from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during the Russia investigation. Republican lawmakers have repeatedly claimed the wiretap was wrongfully obtained on the basis of politically biased information contained in a dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele. Democrats view those allegations as a way for Trump’s Republican allies to undermine the Russia investigation, however, and some Democrats welcome the inspector general’s investigation as a way to end the controversy once and for all. Horowitz said Steele’s involvement with the FBI and Justice Department will also be examined as part of the investigation.