ANALYSIS: Durham's Russia origins investigation looms over Horowitz FISA report
Added 12-07-19 12:23:01am EST - “The report on possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will be released Monday, setting up a possible conflict between Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Attorney General William Barr.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The report on possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will be released Monday, setting up a possible conflict between Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Attorney General William Barr.
Reports suggest Horowitz, who headed the investigation, and Barr diverge on whether the FBI was justified in launching its 2016 counterintelligence inquiry into possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, later wrapped into special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Mueller concluded Russia interfered but did not establish a criminal conspiracy between President Trump and Russia.
Barr disagrees with Horowitz’s supposed conclusion that the FBI had sufficient information to justify launching its Trump-Russia investigation, according to the Washington Post, and Barr isn’t persuaded by Horowitz’s findings and believes agencies outside of the DOJ, such as the CIA, might be able to reveal details that could change Horowitz’s mind. The investigation conducted by Barr’s right-hand man, U.S. Attorney John Durham, uncovered information that could buttress Barr’s doubts, according to a lawyer associated with Durham's team.
DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec stepped in Monday evening but didn’t dispel the notion that Horowitz and Barr disagreed.
“The Inspector General’s investigation is a credit to the Department of Justice, and his excellent work has uncovered significant information that the American people will soon be able to read for themselves,” Kupec said in a statement. “Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week, watch the Inspector General’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and draw their own conclusions about these important matters.”
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