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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said at a hearing Wednesday that his investigation into the origins of the Russia probe found "no testimonial or documentary evidence" for the assertion that there was a "deep state conspiracy" within the FBI to take down candidate or President Trump.

The exchange:

SEN. FEINSTEIN: "So your report states that you didn't find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation played a role."
HOROWITZ: "That's correct."
SEN. FEINSTEIN: "And you didn't find a 'deep state' conspiracy against candidate or President Trump."
HOROWITZ: "As to the opening, we found no bias, no testimonial or documentary evidence on that."
SEN. FEINSTEIN: "And no rationale for a 'deep state?'"
HOROWITZ: "We looked at Mr. Priestap, who was the decision maker, and we didn't find any evidence in his email or texts of having engaged in any bias or having any bias."

Why it matters: Even after the release of Horowitz's report, which found extensive wrongdoing in the FBI's surveillance process but no evidence of political bias, Trump and his allies have continued to cling to allegations that the Russia investigation was an attempt by Obama administration holdovers to take down his presidency.

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Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: About 400 to 450 people were inside the protest area, excluding law enforcement, U.S. Capitol Police said.

DHS to increase deportation flights to Haiti from Del Rio

Migrants walk across the Rio Grande River carrying supplies back to a makeshift encampment under the international bridge between Del Rio, Texas, and Acuña, Mexico. Officials are struggling to provide food, water, shelter and sanitation, forcing migrants to cross the Rio Grande several times per day for basic necessities. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar via Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday announced plans to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti out of the small Texas border town Del Rio, starting as soon as Sunday.

Why it matters: Reports have emerged of more than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, crowded in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.

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Pope Francis urges bishops to listen to survivors of sexual abuse

Pope Francis rides his Pope mobile through a crowd of pilgrims before holding an open-air mass on September 15, 2021 in Sastin, Slovakia. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Pope Francis on Saturday urged European bishops to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse, saying "these important discussions truly touch the future of the church," AP reports.

Driving the news: Francis spoke in a video message to Central and Eastern European bishops who are convening in Poland for a four-day child protection conference beginning on Sunday.