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May 27, 2022 12:08 pm

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House lawmakers demand answers on FBI operations after audit reveals rules broken in investigations – Washington Times

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House lawmakers said Tuesday that they want answers about the FBI’s operations after an internal audit revealed agents flouting the rules during investigations involving politicians, candidates, religious groups, news media and others.

FBI agents broke their own rules at least 747 times in 18 months while conducting sensitive investigations, according to an internal 2019 FBI audit first reported by The Washington Times.

Rep. Andy Biggs, Arizona Republican, said the audit’s findings should not come as a surprise.

“The FBI has strayed away from its core mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution of the United States,” Mr. Biggs said in a statement. “They have a track record of not following the law, and that should concern all Americans. Congress must investigate this report and hold those accountable who enable this behavior.”

The internal review showed a ratio of slightly more than two “compliance errors” per sensitive investigative matter reviewed by FBI auditors.

Agents’ errors from Jan. 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, included failure to get approval from senior FBI officials to open an investigation, failure to document a necessary legal review before starting an investigation, and failure to tell prosecutors what they were doing.