Mark Meadows says he fully expects criminal referrals to be sent to AG William Barr from DOJ IG Michael Horowitz. Many of those charges will coincide with Rep Devin Nunes’ criminal referrals. Meadows and Rep Jim Jordan met with Horowitz to discuss his investigation, and they came away with the impression that the final report will be favorable to Republicans. One very troubling area is where the FBI would leak to reporters and then use their articles to justify warrants on people. That, of course, is illegal but is a weapon that the FBI has used for years.
Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Tuesday that he expects Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, to issue a report in late May or June. On March 28, 2018, Horowitz opened an investigation into whether the FBI and Justice Department complied with legal requirements to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Meadows, a close ally of President Trump’s, said that he and Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan met earlier this week with Horowitz. Both have expressed confidence in Horowitz’s work, and have heightened expectations that the investigation will be favorable to Republicans.
Meadows said that he believes that Horowitz’s report will also focus on FBI leaks to the media. The Republican claimed to have seen evidence that the bureau would leak information to the press and then use those stories to justify additional investigations.
“So what we would find is people within the Department of Justice, primarily the FBI, would actually give information to the media, then those reports would actually come out and they would say ‘wow, we have these reports now,’ and then they would take the actual reports and use those as the probable cause to do a further investigation,” Meadows told Fox host Maria Bartiromo.
“It was a big circular reasoning … you’ll see all of that come out, I believe, when inspector general’s report comes out.”
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