Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is calling upon the U.S. Justice Department to declassify and release a number of documents related to its investigations into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe.

In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Sen. Graham asked the attorney general to work with Inspector General Michael Horowitz in order to “declassify all documents the inspector general identifies as appropriate for declassification as much as possible, without harming national security.”

Graham’s letter further states, “In order for the inspector general to be able to present the most complete results of his investigation to Congress and the American people, certain documents will need to be declassified and released to the public.”

The inspector general’s investigation is nearing completion. Just last week, it revealed that former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI rules, as well as terms of his employment agreement, to leak “sensitive information” in pursuit of his own personal political agenda to undermine the president.

Barr opted not to charge Comey for those violations, a move that President Trump praised as being fair.

However, the remainder of the Horowitz’s investigation is expected to reveal Comey’s role in misleading the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in order to obtain multiple warrants to place President Trump campaign aides under surveillance. Three of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants, signed by Comey, relied heavily on unverified reports provided by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele for political consulting firm Fusion GPS on behalf of the DNC and Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

A separate Justice Department investigation, led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, is probing deeply into the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence activities against President Trump’s campaign, beginning as early as March 2016. That investigation may reveal that the FBI planned and carried out a fraudulent operation against then-presidential candidate Trump.

President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Barr’s investigation of the origins of the multiyear probe into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. (/Evan Vucci/AP Photo, File)

In May, President Trump issued a memo that explicitly granted authority to Barr to declassify and release information showing the intelligence community’s spying into his 2016 presidential election campaign. The memo stated that the attorney general has “full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation.”

In an interview with Fox News, on Aug. 21, Graham said he expects the report FISA abuse to be “damning and ugly” for a number of those involved inside President Obama’s FBI. Graham is working closely with Barr to systematically release important details of the clandestine operation to the public.

“This is an investigation into your government and how it operated. Every American should want to know as much as possible. Every media outlet should be doing what these other groups are doing, suing to get the information out.”

The remainder of Horowitz’s report on potential FISA abuse is expected to be released this month, while Durham’s report is expected to be released later this fall.

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