Recently, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that on Dec. 11, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz will present his testimony on the FISA abuse report.
Horowitz’s testimony will focus on showing the results of the investigation that he hopes would unravel the role of the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration played in trying to harm then-candidate Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency of the United States in 2016, along with the links that these intelligence groups had at the time with the Russian government.
In a statement Graham said: “I appreciate all the hard work by Mr. Horowitz and his team regarding the Carter Page FISA warrant application and the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.”
“Mr. Horowitz will be appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11, where he will deliver a detailed report of what he found regarding his investigation, along with recommendations as to how to make our judicial and investigative systems better,” Graham’s text continued, Town Hall reported.
The investigation that began in 2018, in addition to having more than 1,000 witness interviews, also involves more than 1 million documents.
According to investigative journalist Sara Carter, the report will contain several classified pages of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) about Trump’s former campaign adviser Carter Page, exculpatory evidence that was withheld from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the so-called “Gang of Eight” folder (containing exculpatory information), as well as the e-mail chain between FBI investigators in the Russian probe and then FBI Director James Comey.
What is expected from the report?
As Sara Carter points out on her website, the report is expected to reveal that “the FBI knew that [former British spy Christopher] Steele was leaking [information] to the media, but then used those media reports as separate evidence in their request for a FISA warrant.”
The journalist said the document also aims to provide evidence that the FBI, during 2016, would have played a favorable role in the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
According to BizPac Review, it is expected that the report investigated several former U.S. officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe, then U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and former Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates.
For some analysts and politicians, the impeachment of President Trump would be an excuse used by the Democratic opposition to divert attention away from the abuses of the FISA Act.
According to Rep. John Ratcliff (R-Texas), the Horowitz report could prove criminal conduct, which would explain the Democratic Party’s hasty determinations to impeach President Trump.
“They know that the inspector general report is likely to be damning about the origins of the 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign, the role that the Obama-Biden administration officials played in that,” Ratcliffe said.
According to the date submitted to the Justice Department inspector to make public his testimony, Dec. 11,, the FISA report could be presented in the first week of next month or it could be published earlier, as reported by Town Hall.