William Barr, the Attorney General, said Wednesday that the release of an inspector general’s report on FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign is “imminent.”
There are a number of news outlets who reported Tuesday that Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, has invited witnesses interviewed in connection with the investigation to review portions of the upcoming report. This step is typical in investigations conducted by inspectors general, and it usually signals that the release of the report is near.
Horowitz told lawmakers in June that his investigators had interviewed more than 100 witnesses and reviewed more than 1 million documents. This has all taken place during the investigation, which began in March 2018.
Barr confirmed on Tuesday during a press conference that the Horowitz report is coming.
“It’s been reported and it’s my understanding that it is imminent,” Barr told reporters in Memphis.
“A number of people who were mentioned in the report are having an opportunity right now to comment on how they were quoted in the report, and after that process is over which is very short, the report will be issued. That’s what the inspector general himself suggests.”
Horowitz has been probing whether the FBI followed the law and bureau guidelines when applying for four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The FBI used information from Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to argue in the FISA applications that there was probable cause to believe that Page was an agent of Russia.
The special counsel’s report said that prosecutors found no evidence that Page or anyone associated with the Trump campaign acted as an agent of Russia. The report also indicated that there was not evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Republicans have challenged that the report will be a damning for former FBI and Justice Department officials who led the Trump-Russia investigation.
Written by Rich Stevenson
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