Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on Sunday, Dec. 8, that the report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog will show evidence about information manipulated and withheld by top FBI officials.

The report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to identify errors and misjudgments by some law enforcement officials, including by an FBI lawyer suspected of altering a document related to the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide. 

“I think you’re going to see the system off the rails,” he said in the interview. “I think you’re going to see members of the Department of Justice and FBI taking the law into their own hands.”

Graham said people should not “judge” the report until Horowitz testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. He added he has not seen a copy of Horowitz’s report yet. 

“I’m looking for evidence of whether or not they manipulated the facts to get the warrant and as to the counterintelligence investigation, why didn’t they tell President Trump that they suspected [Trump campaign advisers] Carter Page and [George] Papadopoulos of working with the Russians and if they didn’t tell him there’s a reason,” Graham said. “Counterintelligence is designed to protect institutions designed to protect Americans from foreign influence.”

Horowitz’s report is expected to be released on Monday, the same day the House Judiciary Committee will hold another impeachment hearing into the president’s actions in Ukraine.

President Trump tweeted Sunday: “I.G. report out tomorrow. That will be the big story!”

Graham and other Republicans have indicated that politically biased FBI officials began the Russia investigation in July 2016 and surveillance of Trump campaign associates.

Graham said the investigation was needed to get to the bottom of the controversy and ensure it doesn’t happen again. “The only way to prevent it from happening again is people have to pay a price this time, so there will be no next time,” he said.

This is the latest in a series of reports that Horowitz, a former federal prosecutor and an Obama appointee to the watchdog role, has released on FBI actions in politically charged investigations.

Last year, he criticized Comey for a news conference announcing the conclusion of the Clinton email investigation, and for then alerting Congress months later that the probe had been effectively reopened. 

Includes reporting from the Associated Press

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