(TNS) It isn’t exactly a robust statement of fact, but what Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday regarding the “imminent” release of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report into alleged FISA abuses is pretty close.
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And if so, that would be good because it’s about time.
Also, on the long awaited IG report he says: “It's been reported, and it's my understanding that it is imminent. That people who are mentioned in the report are having an opportunity right now to comment on how they were quoted in the report…”
— Luke Barr (@LukeLBarr) November 13, 2019
ABC News’ Luke Barr (no relation) noted, “Also, on the long awaited IG report he says: ‘It’s been reported, and it’s my understanding that it is imminent. That people who are mentioned in the report are having an opportunity right now to comment on how they were quoted in the report…'”
This makes sense for a couple reasons.
One, this is standard procedure. And two, we reported in July that Horowitz, in his investigation, encountered some “reluctant witnesses” who had agreed to speak to him, thereby further delaying the report’s release date.
But Barr’s statement also doesn’t necessarily mean “imminent,” as Washington Post correspondent Matt Zapotosky reminds us:
Barr also confirms that witnesses are being asked to come in and review drafts of the big IG-Russia report. He says his understanding is release is "imminent."
("Imminent" by DOJ standards, you should know, is not "imminent" by real people standards)
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) November 13, 2019
Others are also increasingly suspicious about why the IG report has been delayed for so long. Count Sen. Charles Grassley among them.
On Wednesday, Katie Pavlich at TownHall reported that Grassley says if the report doesn’t drop and soon, we can pretty much figure that it’s never going to drop because the ol’ fix was in, so to speak:
Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has been asking for weeks: Where is the Department of Justice Inspector General report about FISA abuse and the origins of the Russia probe?Â
The final version was supposed to be made public in June. It’s now November. It’s been reported Inspector General Michael Horowitz is working to get the report out before Thanksgiving, but we aren’t holding our breathe.Â
The lengthy delay is raising questions among lawmakers about how the report may be edited and whether allies of James Comey at the FBI are involved.Â
If FISA Inspector General Horowitz report doesn’t come out next week when they said it would then I will be very disappointed & left to wonder WHAT THE GAME IS?? Is someone at FBI or DOJ tying IGs hands??
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 12, 2019
Grassley has been in DC a long time and knows how the game is played. Hence his suspicion.
Barr’s comments give usÂ some hope because he could just as easily have said when asked about the report, ‘Hey, I don’t know, I haven’t heard.’
But he didn’t. He used the word “imminent.” Even if it doesn’t mean the same thing in DC as it does in the rest of the country.
Also, we know the president is crafty. He’s usually way ahead of the DC swamp rats. The actual release date for the IG’s report, hopefully with criminal referrals, could be a matter of timing as well.
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