Attorney General Bill Barr told reporters on Wednesday that the Inspector General of the DOJ Michael Horowitz’s release of his investigation into the origins of the Russian Collusion Hoax will be released any day. They are completing the final phase of the report, which is to let witnesses read the parts about their testimony to see if everything has been depicted correctly. Once done, the report will be released and criminal referrals will be made public. When that happens , expect wails and moans and the gnashing of teeth not to mention fake news outlets trying to spin the narrative in favor of their bosses at the DNC.
“It’s been reported and it’s my understanding that it is imminent. A number of people who were mentioned in the report are having an opportunity right now to comment on how they were quoted in the report, and after that process is over which is very short, the report will be issued. That’s what the inspector general himself suggests.”
AG Barr was observed meeting with the president in the Oval Office yesterday. That was probably to brief him on the report prior to it’s release. The IG’s report is limited in scope, with the wider investigation being handled by US Attorney John Durham. That investigation has expanded a couple of times now and will include any information he was able to unearth on the operation known as Spygate.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz was charged with investigating potential FISA abuses in March of 2018 after House Republicans, then still in charge of the House Intelligence Committee, released a memo claiming that the FBI, under the Obama Administration, used now-widely discredited dossier on Donald Trump, put together by an operative named Christopher Steele, to obtain permission to wiretap the Trump team’s offices and listen in on key Trump officials’ phone calls.
The Washington Examiner reported, at the time, that Republicans, led by Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) found that:
* The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.
* Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.
* The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.
* DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele’s bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.