Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Senator Claims Deep State Slow-Walking IG Report

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is on the record saying he suspects deep state chicanery lies behind the delay in the Justice Department’s inspector general’s report on possible FBI surveillance abuse on the Trump campaign.
 


The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross has more:
 

Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, began in March 2018 investigating whether the FBI complied with legal requirements in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The bureau relied heavily on the unverified Steele dossier in applications for the warrants, as well as for the main investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer, dug up dirt on the Trump campaign on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign. In the dossier, he alleged that Trump aides, including Page, worked with Kremlin operatives to influence the 2016 election. Steele also claimed that there was a “well-developed conspiracy of coordination” between the Trump team and Russians.

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The Office of Inspector General report was initially expected to be released in June, but has been steadily delayed amid new developments, including an interview that same month with Steele.

Horowitz told several congressional committees on June 25 that the investigation was nearing completion. He submitted the report to the Justice Department and FBI for a declassification review on Sept. 13.

Fox News reported earlier this month that quarrels between the DOJ and FBI over disputed redactions have delayed the release of the report.

   
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