Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned that the reports on the rift between Attorney General William Barr and Justice Department (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz are being used to diminish the effect of the long-awaited report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse investigation.
“Be wary of the Washington Post and the New York Times reporting on what is coming up with [Inspector General] Horowitz,” he said. “They have been trying overtime to spin this thing to diminish its effect, to downplay it.”
Be wary of the Washington Post and the New York Times reporting on what is coming up with [Inspector General] Horowitz.
They have been trying overtime to spin this thing to diminish its effect, to downplay it.https://t.co/DXYr8co9xZ
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 3, 2019
Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also downplayed the reports that Barr disagrees with Horowitz on one conclusion in the report.
“I can tell you without any hesitation Attorney General Barr has every confidence in the world in Mr. Horowitz. He believes that he has done a good job, a professional job, and he appreciates the work and the effort he has put into disclosing abuse at the Department of Justice,” Graham added.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that an anonymous source said Barr disagrees with one of Horowitzs conclusions in the report, claiming that the FBI had opened the investigation into the Trump campaign with a sufficient basis.
The Epoch Times cannot verify Horowitzs alleged conclusion and Barrs objection.
In a statement on Monday night, Justice Department Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec praised Horowitzs work and urged people to wait for the report.
“The Inspector Generals investigation is a credit to the Department of Justice. His excellent work has uncovered significant information that the American people will soon be able to read for themselves. Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week, watch the Inspector Generals testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and draw their own conclusions about these important matters,” she said.