The Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz presented a draft of alleged FISA abuses during the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr.

From Fox News:

“We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking,” Michael Horowitz wrote in a Friday letter to several House and Senate committees. “This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.”

Barr has received the draft report from Horowitz and will begin the process of reviewing it, according to a source familiar with the situation. The inspector general said his team has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.”

Horowitz and his team have investigated how agents used the Christopher Steele dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former aide to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump Carter Page in October 2016. The agents also asked for three renewals.

The team wants to know why the FBI felt it could use the dossier as “a credible source, and why the bureau seemed to use news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.”

Back in August 2018, sources told The Daily Caller that FBI Special Agent Jonathan Moffa admitted in his House testimony that the agency would leak stories to the press and used those stories to obtain FISA warrants.

From The Daily Caller:

During a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Friday, Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told congressional investigators that the FBI and Justice Department have leaked stories to the press and then used them to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

“He more or less admitted that the FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants,” a source who took part in Moffa’s interview told TheDCNF.

A source, unknown if it’s the same as the one with the Daily Caller, told Fox News the same information. This source told the network the agency has used this “practice in the past,” but also said “that Moffa did not specifically confirm the practice of using leaked information to bolster warrant applications was employed with regard to the dossier.”


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