Breaking: IG Michael Horowitz will testify before Senate Judiciary December 11
WASHINGTON: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is announcing that the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify on Wednesday, December 11. Horowitz will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the findings of his report into the opening of the Russia investigation.
The IG will be answering questions about his report on FISA abuse and the origins of the Russia probe.
“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,” Graham released in a statement. “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.”
“I look forward to hearing from him. He is a good man that has served our nation well,” he continued.
For more than a year, Horowitz has been looking into FISA abuse and how the Russia investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign started. Investigators from the watchdog office reviewed more than 1 million records and conducted more than 100 interviews.
In recent weeks the Justice Department and FBI have poured over a draft of the report to determine the classification levels of the material.
Horowitz’s highly anticipated report is expected to explore if the FBI’s court-ordered surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page was properly handled. Trump’s allies hope that Horowitz’s report, as well as a separate investigation into intelligence collecting led by prosecutor John Durham, will expose the actions of person’s like James Comey, Peter Strozk, Andrews Weissman, Nellie and Bruce Ohr, Hillary Clinton and others in the creation of the hoax Russia report.
Also, hopes are that illegal actions used in obtaining the FISA court warrants to wiretap and spy on the President-elect and his administration will be revealed. In September 2019 Horowitz said that the investigation into FISA abuses during the Obama administration reached a conclusion.
Mr. Horowitz, an Obama appointee, informed Attorney General William Barr that he’s finished the inquiry and that his findings would be delivered to Congress after the DOJ reviews the findings for possible redactions
Investigations are being reviewed by the DOJ for classified information. The report, with minimal expected redactions, is likely to land at the height of the unfolding House impeachment inquiry. The report may very well further, discredit the House’s Impeachment inquiries, particularly if the IG’s report reveals the malfeasance of Democrats in the Russia Hoax.
The timing of Horowitz’s testimony indicates a release for the highly anticipated report during the first week of December. Or, it could be released sooner. The original publication date for the report was earlier this year and the long delay has not impressed Senators on Capitol Hill.
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