The Obama administration, many people argue, committed too many crimes to actually count. The Russian investigation into President Trump was just one of many abuses of power orchestrated by the supposedly ‘scandal free’ administration.
Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee will finally hold hearings to examine the findings of the FBI’s alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court. Basically, the FISA report will outline whether the evidence that has been exposed concerning the lies and frame up schemes is punishable, and the Senate will hear from Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Dec. 11 to examine the findings from a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during the Trump investigation, the committee said Monday.
The report of the investigation is expected to be released soon after Thanksgiving. Attorney General William Barr said on Nov. 13 that the release of the report is “imminent.”
Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, has recently invited FBI and Justice Department witnesses interviewed as part of the investigation to review the report for accuracy. That is considered a final step before the report will be released.
Republicans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the report, which will look at whether the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in applications for warrants to spy on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. Investigators relied heavily on the unverified Steele dossier to argue that there was probable cause to believe that Page was working as a Russian agent while he was on the Trump team.
The FBI obtained the first warrant against Page on Oct. 21, 2016. FISC judges approved three more renewals, which allowed the government to conduct surveillance on Page through September 2017.
Dossier author Christopher Steele alleged that Page and other Trump associates conspired with Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election. Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm, hired Steele on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign.
Horowitz is also believed to be investigating whether the FBI properly disclosed that Steele, a former MI6 officer, expressed opposition to Trump.
The special counsel’s investigation undercut Steele’s core allegations about the Trump campaign, as well as Page. The special counsel’s report said that there was no evidence of a Trump-Russia conspiracy, or that any Trump associates worked as Russian agents.
Horowitz told lawmakers last month that the report is “lengthy,” and that most of it will be released in declassified form to the public.
The Inspector General will discuss the findings of his investigation into DOJ and FBI’s conduct during the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant process as it relates to the 2016 presidential election. (link)
Considering the end of the principal review phase on Friday November 22nd; and considering the Thanksgiving holiday of November 28th; this likely puts the publication date for the report on/around Monday December 2nd, with testimony the following week.
It is possible the FISA report release, and the 12/11 Horowitz senate testimony will come at the same time the House of Representatives moves the impeachment inquiry into the House Judiciary Committee. According to the Pelosi calendar the last day for the House of Representative is Thursday December 12th.
Makes perfect sense.