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Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has submitted a draft of his report on the FBI’s use and possible abuse of the FISA court. In a letter, Horowitz outlined the steps that remain before he can issue a final draft. From ABC News:
Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a letter to the chairmen of several House and Senate committees that his team has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews” as part of the review.
“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,” Horowitz said. “Once we receive the marked document back from the Department and the FBI, we will then proceed with our usual process for preparing final draft public and classified reports, and ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes.”
Horowitz has been at this particular investigation since last March. At the center of his report is the so-called dossier written by Christopher Steele. Politico reported back in April that Horowitz’ report was likely to undermine Steele’s credibility:
The inspector general’s office has concluded that Steele inflated his worth to the bureau in that case, and did little more than introduce agents to a journalist who had obtained hacked documents, according to two people who were interviewed and briefed on the matter. For the FBI to have formalized its relationship with Steele—paying him an undisclosed amount over beginning in 2013—as a result of his FIFA role may therefore have been bad judgment, the inspector general’s team has intimated. Horowitz’s probe also appears set to cast doubt on the veracity of the information Steele provided about Page that the FBI included in its application for a FISA warrant.
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