By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) In an appearance on Fox News Monday evening, Rep. John Ratcliffe said he met last week with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz who said his office’s probe into alleged abuses of the FISA court by the Obama-era DoJ and FBI is complete.
In addition, Ratcliffe said, the IG’s office is currently drafting its report, though it’s not clear when it will actually be presented to Attorney General William Barr.
“I did have the opportunity to meet with Inspector General Horowitz last week,” Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, said during an appearance with former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
“We talked about his report, the timing of his report, not the content, and he related that his team’s investigative work is complete,” Ratcliffe continued. “They are now in the process of drafting that report.”
He added that he expects the report to “be completed in short order.”
“I will tell you though,” he continued, “I don’t expect that any of us will see [the report] real soon. [Horowitz] did relate that as much as 20 percent of the report is probably going to include classified information.”
As such, that portion of the report will have to undergo a review at DoJ and the FBI to be vetted and redacted. Ratcliffe added that it is possible the report will be available by Congress’ August recess but it’s not clear that will happen.
Meanwhile, Gowdy — who has seen the unredacted FISA applications — mocked fired FBI Director James Comey’s comments this week that he ‘did everything right’ when it came to investigating the 2016 Trump campaign, despite his many contradictions between sworn testimony and available evidence.
“I don’t know what Michael Horowitz is gonna find,” Gowdy said. “I have a lot of confidence in him, he’s a straight arrow. He’s just looking at the FISA abuse.”
Meanwhile, “United States Attorney John Durham is looking at what happened in the late winter and spring of 2016,” Gowdy said. “So [Americans] have to have kind of a line of demarcation.”
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