Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will likely find that all four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against 2016 Trump campaign aide Carter Page were obtained illegally, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
“I think he will,” said Jordan during an discussion with Fox News‘s Sean Hannity and Gregg Jarrett Monday night.
In April, Attorney General William Barr assembled a team of DOJ investigators to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by DOJ and FBI officials made during the 2016 US election.
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” said Barr.
“That’s great news he’s looking into how this whole thing started back in 2016,” said Rep. Jordan at the time. “That’s something that has been really important to us. It’s what we’ve been calling for.”
The investigation into alleged FISA abuse against the Trump campaign by DOJ and FBI officials has reportedly been completed. After a declassification period, the report could be released sometime in September. The contents of the report have not been confirmed.
Attorney General William Barr, who is overseeing U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, said he is working closely with Horowitz, and they will take up any criminal referrals Horowitz might make.
Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova said he has heard the initial FISA warrant against Page and the three renewals at three-month intervals were illegally obtained. He told the Washington Examiner‘s Examining Politics podcast late last month that he got his insider information because the report is “being circulated inside and outside of the department for comment by interested parties.” –Washington Examiner
Jordan also noted that he wants Horowitz to testify about his reports on former FBI Director James Comey, and asked “When is somebody going to jail for wrongdoing that took place in the Trump-Russia investigation or even the Clinton investigation?”