In the opening salvo of what may prove to be the long awaited bombshell relating to the FISA warrant that began the Mueller Probe, Fox News has learned that, the Justice Department’s inspector general has told lawmakers that his team is “nearly finished” with its review of alleged surveillance abuses by the DOJ and FBI during the Russia investigation, saying they have submitted a draft to Attorney General Bill Barr and are “finalizing” the report ahead of its public release.
“We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking,” Michael Horowitz wrote in a letter dated 9/13/2019 to several House and Senate committees. “This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.”
A source familiar with the situation confirms that Barr has received the draft report from Horowitz and that he will begin the process of reviewing it. According to the letter sent to Congress last week, the inspector general said his team has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.”
Horowitz and his team were tasked by Barr to “Investigate the Investigators,” and the IG as specifically been looking into how the infamous anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was used to secure the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump aide Carter Page, which launched the so-called “Russia Probe” in October 2016.
Horowitz’s team has questioned why the FBI considered Steele a credible source, and why the bureau seemed to use news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.
In his letter Friday, Horowitz indicated that once the Justice Department and the FBI send back a marked document relating to classified material, his team will “proceed with our usual process for preparing final draft public and classified reports, and ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes.”