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Michael Horowitz Michael Horowitz, DOJ inspector general, testifies at Senate Judiciary on Dec. 11. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The U.S. Justice Department’s internal watchdog on Wednesday confronted the political fallout from his finding that the FBI made missteps but was legally justified in opening the Russia investigation, telling lawmakers he stood by that conclusion even as Attorney General William Barr and other department leaders have disputed it.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at cbarber@alm.com. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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