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Chuck Todd: While The IG Did Find "Alarming" FBI Misconduct, "Presidential Conspiracy Theories Have Taken Hold"

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NBC's Chuck Todd, host of MSNBC's 'MTP Daily,' acknowledged the DOJ IG report identified "alarming instances" of FBI misconduct. Todd was adamant that the Horowitz report did not find evidence of political bias in the traditional red and blue sense but "confirmation bias" or "prosecutorial bias." The 'Meet the Press' moderator felt it necessary to remind views that "facts in this report are important."

"The IG did find some alarming instances of FBI misconduct related to its applications to secretly monitor Carter Page," Todd said Wednesday. "And he could not say whether political bias did or did not influence some of those specific decisions down the road. And, by the way, it's not -- it's not only political bias that could have influenced. It's possible confirmation bias. Prosecutorial bias. not all bias is red and blue in America."

"Once again, the facts are being distorted more by spin, and in some cases, conspiracy theories," Todd warned. "The facts have been warped to defend the president here. Counter-narratives have been pushed and presidential conspiracy theories have taken hold as part of this broader information war. Frankly, that's helped the president in his fight against the facts of this impeachment investigation."

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: Today, one of the president's impeachment counternarratives took center stage in a dramatic hearing on Capitol Hill. I'm talking of course about the president's attacks on the FBI and his efforts to discredit the Russia investigation completely. Trying to paint it as a politically-motivated coup attempt against him.

Except, the Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an independent watchdog, said he didn't find evidence that political bias influenced the FBI's decision to launch the inquiry into the Trump campaign. And they didn't find evidence of bias when the FBI opened investigations into four individuals associated with that campaign. They didn't find evidence of bias when it used informants. And they said there was no evidence of bias when it decided to initially seek a FISA warrant on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

But let's be crystal clear here. The IG did find some alarming instances of FBI misconduct related to its applications to secretly monitor Carter Page. And he could not say whether political bias did or did not influence some of those specific decisions down the road. And, by the way, it's not -- it's not only political bias that could have influenced. It's possible confirmation bias. Prosecutorial bias. not all bias is red and blue in America. Now the IG has surfaced important questions about Justice Department safeguards, especially for investigations of this magnitude. And, yes, the facts in this report are important. But once again, the facts are being distorted more by spin, and in some cases, conspiracy theories...

Now, the facts have been warped to defend the president here. Counter-narratives have been pushed and presidential conspiracy theories have taken hold as part of this broader information war. Frankly, that's helped the president in his fight against the facts of this impeachment investigation.



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