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Trump Claims Upcoming FISA Report Will Be Historic

President Donald Trump said that the release of the Department of Justices Inspector General report scheduled for release in December will be momentous.

“They were spying on my campaign and it went right to the top and everybody knows it and now were going to find out,” Trump said in a lengthy interview with Fox News on Friday morning. “You have [John] Durham who is supposed to be the toughest. Ive never met him, never spoke to him, but he is supposed to be the smartest and the best.”

Trump remarked that he was not personally involved with the inspector generals investigation and left it to Attorney General Bill Barr.

“Hes a great attorney general. We would maybe have ended this thing a lot sooner had he been there originally,” Trump said.

Trump made the comment after CNN, The Associated Press, and other news outlets had reported that the Department is currently conducting a criminal investigation into a former FBI attorney who allegedly altered a document tied the FISA warrant.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced on Thursday that Inspector General Michael Horowitz will release his report on Dec. 9 and testify about it on Dec. 11.

The report will determine whether the FBI misused a Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) surveillance warrant in October 2016 to survey Trump campaign associate Carter Pages communication and access to his text messages and emails. The warrants are issued by special federal courts in secret.

The FBI, to obtain the warrant, had to convince a judge that there was probable cause that showed Page was a foreign agent. Page was never charged with a crime. The bureau applied for and obtained three renewals of the warrant until 2017.

Reports have said that a significant portion of the FISA application is based on a dossier compiled by Read More – Source