Attorney General William Barr received the report on FISA abuse today in the Russiagate case being investigated by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, says Fox News producer Jake Gibson.
Early on Friday, Horowitz sent a letter to Congress stating that he was ready to submit his report to the DOJ and the FBI for review and classification.
Attorney General Barr has received the draft report from the IG on allegations of FISA abuses and will begin the process of reviewing it, according to a source familiar with the situation.
— Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) September 13, 2019
Horowitz wrote a draft of “factual findings” and sent it to the Justice Department and FBI for a review to find classified material.
NEW: DOJ IG Michael Horowitz wrote to the Hill today saying he is finalizing his FISA report. Says he has provided a draft to DOJ and the FBI and will then circulate to others for comment and review. pic.twitter.com/sOcRCzcfEU
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) September 13, 2019
“The team has reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed,” Horowitz wrote. “We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Department and the FBI for classification determination and marking.”
DoJ IG Horowitz in letter to CapHill: We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Dept and the FBI for classification determination and markings." Colleague Catherine Herridge rpts it could be done late Sept/early Oct
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 13, 2019
The letter was also submitted to leading Republicans and Democrats at the House and Senate Oversight and Judiciary Committees on Friday. In May, the inspector general disclosed that he would review the FBI’s and Justice Departments policies in applying for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for warrants to spy on a “U.S. person.”
Republicans have alleged that the FBI abused its surveillance powers when applying for their warrant to spy on Page – saying officials did not disclose the Clinton Campaigns link to the Steele dossier. Ex-British Intelligent officer Christopher Steels’ dossier was used to justify the warrant to spy on Page. The inspector general interviewed Steel this summer to be included in the report.
A version of the Page warrant was released by the Justice Department last year showing FBI officials believing that “the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.”
House Judiciary Committees Top Republican Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) wrote a letter on Friday to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) asking to hold hearings on the results of the report. He asked that Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify at the hearing.
“As you know, FISA oversight falls squarely within the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction. We must act swiftly to address the concerns outlined in the Inspector General’s report. Accordingly, I write to request you schedule a hearing as soon as possible following Congress’s receipt of the report,” Collins wrote.
Two weeks ago James Comey violated FBI policies by mishandling sensitive memos of conversations with Trump. The Justice Department did not press charges on Comey.