Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has revealed the release date of the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitzs report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the department (DOJ) and the FBI during the 2016 presidential election.
Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that the inspector generals long-awaited report will be released on Monday, Dec. 9.
“Itll be December 9th—youll get the report,” Graham told the program. “Thats locked.”
Earlier this week, Graham announced that Horowitz will appear publicly on Dec. 11 before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss his findings from the investigation.
“Mr. Horowitz will be appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11, where he will deliver a detailed report of what he found regarding his investigation, along with recommendations as to how to make our judicial and investigative systems better,” he said.
Horowitz has been investigating the FBIs use of a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The FISA applications relied on an unverified opposition research dossier that was compiled by former foreign spy Christopher Steele, who was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS and funded by Hillary Clintons presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Top FBI and DOJ officials signed off on the FISA application to spy on Page, despite evidence that Steeles dossier was unverified and that the former British spy was biased against then-candidate Donald Trump. The FISA application omitted the fact that the Clinton campaign funded the dossier, as well as exculpatory details of Pages assistance to the FBI.
The dossiers claims eventually served as the foundation of the Trump–Russia narrative generated by most media outlets, anti-Trump politicians, and Obama administration officials. But none of the 103 key allegations contained in the Steele dossier were verified during former special counsel Robert Muellers 22-month investigation.
In September, Horowitz told lawmakers in a letter that he had submitted a draft report to the attorney general and was preparing a final draft. Then in October, he provided lawmakers with