The Justice Department is set to release a report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Monday, detailing the investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation and how FBI officials obtained a FISA warrant to spy on members of the Trump campaign.
Conservatives are highly anticipating the report as they claim it will show serious irregularities by current or former FBI officials regarding how the Russia investigation was initialized and the FISA warrant was allegedly obtained via the Trump dossier, an unconfirmed and widely discredited report into Trump’s dealings with Russia.
Despite these expectations, Politico reports “the report may not much offer much in the way of blockbuster revelations that the probe was tainted by politics.”
According to Politico, the report is supported to officially “focus on the accuracy and completeness of information the FBI and Justice Department presented to federal judges in order to obtain a secret surveillance warrant for former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page in October 2016 and to renew it on three occasions during the first half of 2017.”
However, the report could prove claims from the FBI that they rightfully acted in their investigation and in obtaining the warrant:
Former officials said they expect Horowitz’s report to contradict Trump’s narrative by concluding that the FBI and Justice Department’s investigative interest in Russian ties to the Trump campaign was legitimate and that — by and large — the investigation was handled professionally.
But the watchdog report is also expected to criticize some aspects of the inquiry, including the FBI’s vetting of a so-called “dossier” of accurate, inaccurate and unconfirmed information on alleged ties between Russia and candidate Trump’s coterie.
Expect DoJ IG rpt on alleged FISA abuse to be released today.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 9, 2019
President Trump is seemingly under the belief that the I.G. report will aid him and his followers as he tweeted out on Sunday evening that the report was set to be released on Monday.
“I.G. report out tomorrow. That will be the big story!” he wrote on Twitter.
I.G. report out tomorrow. That will be the big story!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2019
“I’m looking forward to seeing the IG report,” Trump said to a group of reporters at the White House on Saturday, according to Politico. “And I look forward very much to seeing what happens with the Durham report, maybe even more importantly — because it’s a horrible thing that took place and it should never happen to another president.”
GOP leaders struck a similar tone to Trump over the weekend. The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, welcomed whatever information Horowitz is able to add to the mix, but said the big news is still to come.
“The additional evidence that Horowitz comes up with, that’ll be great for us, because we’re really interested if he found the exculpatory evidence that wasn’t provided to the FISA court,” Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”