(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday he expects the Justice Department inspector general to complete his report on alleged FISA abuse "in probably May or June."
The DOJ OIG is examining whether the Justice Department and FBI complied with legal requirements, policies and procedures in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court relating to Carter Page, a Trump campaign volunteer.
(The IG has said, if circumstances warrant, he will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the FISA review.)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, asked Barr on Tuesday where the IG investigation stands:
"The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation," Barr said. "I expect that will be complete in probably May or June, I am told.
"So hopefully we'll have some answers from Inspector-General Horowitz on the issue of FISA warrants. More generally, 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."
Aderholt asked Barr, "Are you investigating who leaked the existence of the FISA order against Carter Page?"
"I haven't seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously, if there's a predicate for an investigation, it will be conducted," Barr said.
As CNSNews.com reported, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, announced on Sunday that he is sending eight referrals to the attorney general this week.
Two of those referrals involve conspiracy, including "a conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, mislead the FISA court," Nunes said. One referral involves "global leaks" of "highly sensitive classified information," and the five other referrals are "more specific on lying, leaking and misleading Congress," Nunes told "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo.