Ratcliffe: DOJ IG Has Finished His Investigation, But Report Not Expected for Weeks

By Susan Jones | July 2, 2019 | 7:20am EDT
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) sits on the House Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) said he met with Justice Department Inspector-General Michael Horowitz last week to discuss the status of the IG's report on alleged FISA abuse by the FBI.

"We talked about his report, the timing of his report, not the content," Ratcliffe told Fox News Monday night.

"And he related that his team's investigative work is complete, and they're now in the process of drafting that report. So I would expect that a draft of that will be completed in short order. I will tell you though, I don't expect that any of us are going to see any time real soon.

"He did relate that as much as 20 percent of his report is probably going to include classified information, so that draft report will have to undergo a classification review at the FBI and at the Department of Justice. So, while I am hopeful that we might see it before members of Congress recess for the August recess, I'm not too certain about that," Ratcliffe said.

Horowitz announced in March 2018 that his office would examine the Justice Department's and the FBI's compliance with legal requirements and policies in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to surveil Carter Page, who was then a Trump campaign adviser.

Two months ago, Attorney General William Barr launched a second investigation, asking U.S. Attorney John Durham to look into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Rep. Ratcliffe said he thinks the Horowitz and Durham investigations will produce "significant" results.

And a lot of folks are looking forward to Bob Mueller's testimony on July 17, coming up, but Bob Mueller's going to talk about collusion that didn't exist -- about obstruction that the attorney general found didn't exist. You can ask Bob Mueller ten times in ten different languages, and I don't think there are going to be any new facts; I don't think there are going to be any new conclusions.

But Michael Horwitz and his findings and John Durham and his findings, those are going to be significant. Those relate not to Trump misconduct, but potential Obama misconduct.

Look, you know, Jim Comey says they did everything right, even though...you've got a lead investigator who promised to stop, wanted to prevent him (Trump) from becoming president. He had a deputy director (Andrew McCabe) who lied under oath on multiple occasions and was criminally referred and...Director Comey himself leaked private conversations with the president. He has a different definition of the word proud, when he says he is proud of all of that work. But we'll find out. Michael Horwitz, I do think that his findings will be significant...because it presents a real potential problem for the Democrats.

Right now we already know, Bob Mueller has told us, that a Democratic administration started an investigation into a conspiracy with Russia that did not exist. That's bad enough.

It would be a whole lot worse if it turns out that that same Democratic administration continued that investigation by breaking rules at the FISA court. If that happens, you can pretty much put a pin in any impeachment balloon, because it would be hard for the Democrats to say, well, we started an investigation that we shouldn't have. We continued it by breaking the rules, but we want to impeach a president for trying to obstruct that investigation that never should have started.

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