DEVELOPING: Reluctant Witnesses in FISA Abuse Investigation Agree to Talk to Inspector General Horowitz at the 11th Hour
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz
Key witnesses sought by DOJ IG Horowitz early on in the investigation into FISA abuses have agreed to come forward at the 11th hour.
Horowitz’s report on the FISA abuses by Obama’s DOJ and FBI has been delayed and according to reports the delays are due to more witnesses coming forward since Barr appointed US Attorney John Durham to lead a separate investigation into the origins of Spygate.
Fox News previously confirmed that John Durham is working directly with Inspector General Michael Horowitz on looking at the FISA abuses.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported Friday that according to sources, at least one witness outside of the DOJ and FBI has just begun cooperating.
Sources familiar with the matter said at least one witness outside the Justice Department and FBI started cooperating — a breakthrough that came after Attorney General William Barr ordered U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead a separate investigation into the origins of the bureau’s 2016 Russia case that laid the foundation for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
While the investigative phase of the inspector general’s long-running probe is said to be complete, the sources said recent developments required some witnesses to be reinterviewed. And while Barr testified that he expected the report into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse to be ready in May or last month, multiple sources said the timeline has slipped.
“The wheels of inspector general investigations move very, very slowly,” former senior DOJ official Tom Dupree told Fox News.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz does not have the authority to impanel a grand jury so the real work will be done by Barr and Durham.
The media was stunned in May after it was revealed AG Bill Barr appointed top special prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.
It was revealed that Barr is working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray on surveillance issues related to Trump’s 2016 campaign, suggesting a broader inter-agency effort is underway.
Obama’s corrupt FBI/DOJ used Hillary’s phony Russia dossier to obtain a FISA warrant and three subsequent renewals on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
The first FISA warrant on Carter Page was granted in October of 2016, just weeks before Election Day and the 4th and final warrant was granted in June of 2017 — then-DAG Rosenstein and FBI Deputy McCabe both signed the June 2017 FISA warrant on Page, one month after Mueller was appointed as special counsel.
It is widely believed that there were also FISA warrants on General Mike Flynn, Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump camp foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, however that has not been publicly confirmed.
According to Catherine Herridge, a spokeswoman for Horowitz would not comment on the report’s status, however, it is believed his report should be done this month.