Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz gave his draft report into alleged FISA abuse by the department and the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation to the attorney general.
In a letter sent to multiple congressional committees in both chambers on Friday, Horowitz announced that his office was “finalizing” their report and giving a draft of it to Attorney General William Barr “for classification determination and marking.”
The inspector general and his team had been looking into how the FBI and Justice Department used the infamous report by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to secure warrants to investigate President Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign aide Carter Page as well as three renewals.
“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,” Horowitz wrote. “This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involves classified material.”
Horowitz went on in his letter to say that his team would “proceed with our usual process for preparing final draft public and classified reports, and ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes” after they received the marked-up document in regards to classified material.
A source familiar with the interaction said that Barr has gotten the report and will begin his review. Horowitz said the attorney general’s staff has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.”
Last week, prosecutors at the Department of Justice were given the go-ahead to pursue charges against former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe for allegedly lying to investigators. Charges have been recommended by Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu but an indictment has not been issued.