IG Horowitz Ready to Exonerate RussiaGate Plotters After Over 1 Year Of Stalling, Reports Suggest

Chris Menahan
Dec. 03, 2019

Imagine my shock!

From The Washington Post, "Attorney General William Barr disputes key inspector general finding about FBI's Russia investigation":
Attorney General William Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department’s inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report — that the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching an investigation into members of the Trump campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is due to release his long-awaited findings in a week, but behind the scenes at the Justice Department, disagreement has surfaced about one of Horowitz’s central conclusions on the origins of the Russia investigation. The discord could be the prelude to a major fissure within federal law enforcement on the controversial question of investigating a presidential campaign.

Barr has not been swayed by Horowitz’s rationale for concluding that the FBI had sufficient basis to open an investigation on July 31, 2016, these people said.

[...] It's not yet clear how Barr plans to make his objection to Horowitz's conclusion known. The inspector general report, currently in draft form, is being finalized after input from various witnesses and offices that were scrutinized by the inspector general. Barr or a senior Justice Department official could submit a formal letter as part of that process, which would then be included in the final report. It is standard practice for every inspector general report to include a written response from the department. Barr could forgo a written rebuttal on that specific point and just publicly state his concerns.

[...] The attorney general has privately contended that Horowitz does not have enough information to reach the conclusion that 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, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Barr has also praised the inspector general's overall work on the matter, according to one person familiar with the matter. The inspector general operates independently of Justice Department leadership, so Barr cannot order Horowitz to change his findings.
Barr also said Jeffrey Epstein died due to a "perfect storm of screw-ups."

No one should be holding their breath.
People familiar with the draft language of Horowitz's report said while it is critical of some FBI employees, and found some systemic problems in surveillance procedures, it overall does not agree with Trump's charge that the investigation was a "witch hunt" or a politically motivated attack on him first as a candidate and then as president.

Instead, the draft report found that the investigation was opened on a solid legal and factual footing, these people said.
Trump moved to declassify everything related to the RussiaGate hoax back in September 2018 but then backed off to please the FBI and changed course and allowed Inspector General Michael Horowitz to screen everything he planned to declassify and make the final call on what to release.

Horowitz has stalled for around 15 months and now it looks like he's going to release some chicken feed to the public by giving the RussiaGate conspirators a stern talking down to while exonerating them of all criminal wrongdoing.

Trump came out Tuesday morning to say he thinks Barr may have been misquoted as he's heard the report is going to be "devastating."

From Politico, "Trump Claims Barr Was Misquoted in Story On Russia Probe IG Report":
President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed Attorney General William Barr was misquoted in a news report stating that the Justice Department chief disagreed with a key finding in his agency's watchdog review of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign.

"I think he was quoted incorrectly. I do believe that because I'm hearing the [inspector general's] report is very powerful," Trump told reporters at the meeting of NATO leaders in London. "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."

[...] While Trump speculated that Barr has "perhaps" read the report detailing inspector general Michael Horowitz's findings -- which has not yet been made public and is expected to be released in the coming days -- the president insisted he had not yet seen the highly anticipated document himself.

Trump purported to have heard that "there's a lot of devastating things" in the report, and acknowledged that it "would be a little disappointing" if the Post's story on the inspector general's findings proves accurate. But he stressed that "it was just ... one aspect of" Horowitz's finished product.

"We'll see what happens. We'll see," Trump concluded. "It's coming out in a few days. I hear it's devastating. But we'll soon find out."
Does Trump actually believe that crap? I doubt it.

I think he ordered all the documents declassified to give him some leverage over the FBI. He doesn't appear to have gotten much out of it, though Mueller at least elected not to frame him for some imaginary crime related to "collusion."

Trump still could, at any time, order the declassification of all these documents as the president has the absolute power to declassify anything for any reason.

So far, he's chosen just to whine about the situation on Twitter.

It really feels like we're just being strung along here and Trump was compromised sometime in 2017 by the deep state's relentless pressure campaign.

No matter who is elected president our unelected ruling oligarchs will work to ensure nothing will "fundamentally change."

That said, the chasm between what the people actually want and what our ruling oligarchs are giving us is becoming so massive it's likely just a matter of time before a day of reckoning is upon us.

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