As the date for the release of the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign draws near, The Washington Post reported that Attorney General William Barr does not accept one of the findings in the report.
“I think he was quoted incorrectly. I do believe that because I’m hearing the [inspector general’s] report is very powerful.”
Trump noted that the contents of the report have not been released to the public, so “I think all we have to do is wait.”
“But I’m hearing that by reading lots of different things, not from inside information. It’s really from outside information. I think all we have to do is wait.”
The report is expected to detail missteps taken by officials at the FBI but reject claims that the investigation of the Trump campaign was fueled by partisan bias or that there was insufficient evidence for opening an investigation.
The Post says Barr believes, “Horowitz does not have enough information to reach the conclusion the FBI had enough details in hand at the time to justify opening such a probe. He argues that other U.S. agencies, such as the CIA, may hold significant information that could alter Horowitz’s conclusion on that point.”
The Post also noted that it’s not unusual for Justice Department officials to take issue with inspector general reports. However, most of those complaints argue that the reports were too harsh. In contrast, Barr reportedly feels Horowitz was not critical enough.
Trump said that he would be “disappointed” if the report found that the FBI had a legal basis for opening an investigation into his campaign, but “it was just one aspect of the report. We’ll see what happens. It’s coming out in a few days. I hear it’s devastating.”