DOJ IG submits completed FISA abuse report to Attorney General Barr

DOJ IG submits completed FISA abuse report to Attorney General Barr
Men in black. DOJ IG Michael Horowitz testifies to the House in 2018. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – The review is expected to take weeks, and redaction will go on past that. The public isn’t likely to see a redacted report until October at the earliest.]

The Justice Department’s inspector general told lawmakers Friday his team is nearly finished with its long-awaited review of alleged surveillance abuses by the DOJ and FBI during the Russia investigation, saying they have submitted a draft to Attorney General Bill Barr and are “finalizing” the report ahead of its public release.

“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,” Michael Horowitz wrote in a Friday letter to several House and Senate committees. “This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.

Barr has received the draft report from Horowitz and will begin the process of reviewing it, according to a source familiar with the situation.

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