IG Probe Into FISA Abuse Against Trump Campaign ‘Done’ And ‘Devastating,’ Sources Say
Conservative commentator Sean Hannity said on his Fox News program Wednesday night that his sources say the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into abuse by the FBI of FISA warrants to surveil the Trump campaign is “done” — and “it’s devastating.” The conservative host’s comments come a few days after it was revealed that Attorney General William Barr has appointed Connecticut’s top prosecutor John Durham to investigate the increasingly suspicious origins of the Trump-Russia probe amid new troubling revelations.
In comments reported by the Washington Examiner, Hannity first brought up Inspector General Michael Horowitiz’s FISA abuse probe in a discussion with Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett and Fox contributor former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “I have sources telling me that Horowitz perhaps is even finished with his report and certainly [Attorney General William Barr] has been briefed on what is coming,” said Hannity.
Hannity noted that former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova told Fox Business last week that Horowitz “has concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained” and that new disclosures from an open-records request indicate that “all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally.”
Later in the program, while speaking with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham — a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is conducting its own investigation into the 2016 FISA applications — Hannity again brought up what his sources tell him about the inspector general’s investigation.
We’ve learned that the FBI were forewarned that the dossier was “unverified,” that “Hillary paid for it,” and that its author, Christopher Steele, “hated Trump,” said Hannity. “Also, now we have the emails before the first [FISA] application went in,” he said, referencing newly unearthed records.
“It sounds like a premeditated conspiracy to commit fraud on a FISA court,” said Hannity, adding, “And I’m also hearing Horowitz is done, and it’s devastating.”