US IG to release report on FBI misconduct this month

USA Inspector General Michael Horowitz is set to release a report on his investigation of the investigators of Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Independent reported.

Horowitz has long been investigating origins of the Trump-Russia probe led by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Release of the report has been initially set for Nov. 20, yet people familiar with the matter say that it will be out not earlier than after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.

US Attorney General William Barr has previously claimed that FBI officials were engaged in a misconduct back in 2016 when they started investigating then-a-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.  «I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,» Barr said about FBI surveillance of Trump campaign. «I think spying did occur, but the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.»

Horowitz’s report might add up evidence to Barr’s claim or demolish it. Some have suggested that once the report is out many former and acting FBI officials will be held accountable.

Horowitz completed his investigation earlier than US federal attorney John Durham appointed by Barr to probe Mueller team’s conduct. Experts expect Durham’s investigation to pursue potential crimes.

According to people with knowledge of the matter, Barr spent long time declassifying information and Inspector General had to look through it all to come up with conclusions anticipated to be in the report.

Horowitz has previously claimed that he would try and make as much of the report public as possible. “I anticipate that the final report will be released publicly with few redactions,” Inspector General said.

Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website

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