Sen. Graham: Liberal Media 'Working Overtime to Spin' the IG Report, Due Out Next Week

By Susan Jones | December 3, 2019 | 8:24am EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chairs the Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chairs the Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( - In a front-page report on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Attorney General William Barr disagrees with a key point in the inspector-general's report, which is expected to go public on Dec. 9.

"Attorney General William P. Barr has privately said he doesn’t think inspector general can conclude yet that the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching a probe of Trump campaign members," the Post reported.

Don't believe everything you read, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night:

But the first thing I want to say is, be wary of "The Washington Post" and "New York Times" reporting on what is coming up with (Inspector General Michael) Horwitz. They've been trying overtime to spin this thing, to diminish its effect, to downplay it.

I can tell you, without any hesitation, Attorney General Barr has every confidence in the world in Mr. Horwitz. He believes he's done a good job, a professional job, and he appreciates the work and the effort he has put into disclosing abuse at the Department of Justice.

Now here's what I do know. In December 2017...[fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew] Mccabe testified in the House, according to the House intelligence memo, that without the Steele dossier, there will be no warrant issued.

So what I'm going to ask Mr. Horowitz -- do you agree with that? Without the dossier, there'd be no warrant. Is the dossier reliable to this day? Did they know that Steele had a bias? Did they ignore it? When did they first try to verify it, before they got the warrant or after?

And here's what I think we're going to find -- that they pulled a fast one on the FISA court, quite frankly, misled and defrauded the FISA court. I think that's what you're going to find.

Sen. Graham has called Horowitz to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, two days after the IG report goes public.

"But here's the point," Graham said. "If there would have been no warrant without the dossier, the question for me and everybody else is, well, how reliable is the dossier? Did they know it was unreliable? When did they first try to verify it, before the warrant or after the warrant? Were they warned that Christopher Steele was out to get Trump? Did they ignore those warnings?

"If all of that proves to be true, it's devastating. Every American should be concerned. And the FISA court should do something about it. And if they accept this as okay behavior, then maybe we should get rid of the FISA court."

Graham said he doesn't know what's in the IG report, but he said if there was credible evidence to open a counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign, "why did they not tell Trump?"

He noted that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was told when someone in her office was found to be working for communist China: "They told Diane, and she fired the person," Graham noted. He said Donald Trump should have been informed about the FBI's concerns.

"If they are investigating my campaign, and they think that somebody on my campaign is influenced by a foreign government, and they don't tell me, and they keep spying on my campaign, I would be really pissed. Every politician in America should be worried about this.

"If, in fact, they opened up a counterintelligence investigation of the Trump Campaign and they never told him about it, than that truly is spying."

Because the inspector general is not a prosecutor, he can only point to wrongdoing. He cannot bring criminal charges. That would be up to Attorney General Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a separate investigation into the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation.

But Graham said the Horowitz investigation should be viewed as a "road map of where you might go criminally."

"He's looking to find out if the system got off the rails," Graham said of Horowitz. "How to protect or change it in the future, how to make sure it never happens again. Well, the best way to make sure that the FISA court is not defrauded in the future is to hold those people accountable who actually did the defrauding now."


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