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information on July 29. Camey told us that he was updated on the status of the
investigation every 2 to 4 weeks. These status updates were provided at the end of
his regularly scheduled morning national security briefings conducted by, among
others, McCabe, Steinbach, Priestap, and Strzok. According to Camey, these
briefings did not typically include discussions about investigative strategy, but he
was often briefed on specific investigative actions the Crossfire Hurricane team had
taken or planned to take. Camey said that he did not recall playing a role in
making any significant investigative decisions and did not have any concerns or
disagreements with the investigative actions described by senior CD officials during
Camey told us that he recalled a discussion with the briefers about taking
precautions to keep the case close-hold. Camey said he was mindful that the
investigation involved a political campaign, and he advised the team to keep in
mind that, "[although] it's smoke that we see, we don't know whether there's fire
there." McCabe also told us the FBI wanted "to keep our inquiry as quiet as we
could." He said that it was important to keep the investigation covert to avoid
· alerting the subjects of the investigation or others, and, specifically in this case, it
was important due to the pending election.
McCabe told us he received regular briefings on the progress of Crossfire
Hurricane and discussed the investigation with Camey at regular briefings. Strzok
told us the team briefed McCabe approximately 5-10 times during the investigation,
and the OGC Unit Chief told us McCabe was briefed every few weeks until the
election in November and less frequently thereafter. According to both Strzok and
the OGC Unit Chief, these briefings provided updates on the team's investigative
activities and typically were not discussions about what steps to take. The OGC
Unit Chief also said that McCabe directed the team to "get to the bottom of this as
quickly as possible, but with a light footprint."
Priestap told us that Strzok, the Intel Section Chief, and the OGC Unit Chief
frequently briefed him on the investigation and kept him apprised of significant
developments. In addition to approving the opening of the Crossfire Hurricane
cases, Priestap told us that he was involved in discussions as to whether to seek
authority under FISA to conduct electronic surveillance
targeting Carter Page, a subject we describe in detail in Chapter Five. Priestap said
he briefed Steinbach nearly every day on the case and provided Camey or McCabe
with updates on an as-needed basis.
2. Department of Justice
a. National Security Division
The Department was first notified about the opening of Crossfire Hurricane
on August 2, 2016, when Priestap and the Intel Section Chief briefed several
representatives from NSD, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General (Deputy
AAG) George Toscas, Deputy AAG Adam Hickey, and David Laufman, who as
The OIG examined more than one million
documents that were in the Department's and FBI's
possession and conducted over 170 interviews involving
more than 100 witnesses. These witnesses included
former FBI Director Corney,