Appearing on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe explained why House Republicans want Rep. Adam Schiff to testify under oath.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report is expected soon.
Per FoxNews, for more than a year and a half, Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating alleged misconduct related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, warrants delivered by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). The Justice Department and FBI obtained warrants in 2016 to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page. It is unclear, at this point, if Page was the only Trump official that the DOJ obtained a FISA warrant against.
That highly anticipated report will likely spark new congressional investigations and deliver critical information to other federal reviews probing allegations of abuse by the Justice Department and the FBI..
Dailymail reports a Republican congressman has predicted the soon-to-be-released inspector general’s report on the origins of the investigation into Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign will reveal serious misconduct.
Rep. John Ratcliffe from Texas, who has been briefed on Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, said it will likely be released in early December and expose Justice Department wrongdoing.
‘We know this – the report is supposedly 500 pages. It doesn’t take an inspector general 500 pages to say that everything was done correctly and properly,’ Ratcliffe said during an interview on Fox News on Sunday. ‘The IG report is going to find that there were problems.’
Horowitz is probing whether proper procedure was followed in obtaining a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, and how British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’ became key FBI evidence.
Ratcliffe said that Democrats fear that the report will come out before they complete their impeachment inquiry, which is being led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
‘I think it’s going to be an indictment of Adam Schiff, who has written his own FISA rebuttal memo in 2018 saying how dare Republicans criticize people like Peter Strozk, Lisa Page and Andy McCabe, and Bruce Ohr, who have done nothing wrong,’ Ratcliffe said.
Strozk and Page, key figures in the Trump-Russia investigation, were ousted from the FBI after text messages revealed their secret love affair and anti-Trump sentiments.
McCabe, who signed some of the Carter Page FISA warrants, was fired as FBI deputy director after an internal investigation found he lied about feeding information to the media.
Ohr, who was Steele’s pipeline for feeding information to the FBI and DOJ, remains employed by the Justice Department.
‘The Democrats are racing to get through this impeachment as quickly as possible,’ Ratcliffe said in the interview.
‘They know that the inspector general’s report is likely to be damning about the origins of the 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign, the role that the Obama-Biden administration officials played in that,’ he said.