Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) blamed the deep state for the delay in the report on the investigation of possible FBI surveillance abuses against the campaign of President Trump.
The investigation is being led by U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and the reports should have been delivered in June, according to the Daily Caller.
Grassley, who is also chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed frustration in a tweet.
“All of the delays and excuses why the Horowitz IG FISA report isn’t public yet after several months of anticipation of its issues leads me to the suspicion it’s going to be ‘deep six’ by the deep state,” Grassley tweeted.
On June 25, almost four months ago, the inspector general announced that this process was about to be completed, and on Sept. 13 he gave the Department of Justice and the FBI a draft to review the parts of the process that were to be declassified.
In March 2018, Horowitz began an investigation into whether the FBI complied with the legal requirements for arrest warrants based on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser to the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and 2017.
The FBI relied on the unverified dossier provided by former British spy Christopher Steele and the investigation that failed to prove President Trump’s collusion with Russia during his campaign.
It is also part of the investigation to determine why the FBI relied on what Steele said—funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign through the law firm Perkins Coie—while at the same time supporting Steele’s credibility in FISA court based on media reports.
Further investigation into other possible abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI may be triggered once the report is made public.
In this regard, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said, “As soon as Horowitz is done with his review of the FISA warrant application, the counterintelligence investigation, the Trump campaign, we’ll have a hearing in public with Horowitz and we’ll call a bunch of witnesses,” according to Fox News.
Graham is also interested in the amount of money paid by the Democrats to the company that commissioned Steele’s dossier.