In a showstopping announcement that will draw attention away from the circus going on over in the House of Representatives, Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Monday that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11.
At that time, Horowitz will testify as to his office’s findings as they relate to the agency’s abuse of the FISA court in 2016, when the FBI secured a warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page using a combination of omitted information, spotty sources, and documents paid for by the Clinton campaign.
“I appreciate all the hard work by Mr. Horowitz and his team regarding the Carter Page FISA warrant application and the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign,” Graham said in a statement. “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. I look forward to hearing from him. He is a good man that has served our nation well.”
The fact that Horowitz has scheduled a date to appear for testimony means we are surely only weeks away from getting his 500+ page report on the 2016 investigation. Horowitz’s inquiry has centered around what rules, laws, and/or policies the FBI violated over the course of their probe into President Trump and his presidential campaign. The fruits of this investigation have been long-awaited; Horowitz first announced the start of the inquiry in March 2018.
President Trump and his Republican allies expect that the report will show the public the extent to which FBI officials transgressed the law in their pursuit of a warrant. Central to that claim is the Bureau’s use of the infamous Steele Dossier, a garbage piece of “intelligence” put together by former British spy Christopher Steele. The spy’s work was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, both of which were more than happy to use foreign help to tilt the tide of the election. Funny how the media never has any problem with THAT.
Foreign information or not, the real problem with Steele’s dossier is that it appears to be almost completely fictional. None of it has been verified, and much of it has been thoroughly debunked. Yet the FBI still used it to convince the FISA court to let them put an American citizen under surveillance. It should also be noted that, after months of spying on Page, the FBI never caught him doing anything illegal.
“I think his report is going to be stunning,” Graham said earlier this month. “I think it is going to be damning. I think it’s going to prove that the system got off the rails and we need corrective action.”