According to Fox News’ host Maria Bartiromo, Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse is “as thick as a phone book” and is scheduled for release this coming Friday, October 18th.
That means the classification review has been completed and Horowitz is putting the finishing touches on the presentation. How the evidence is presented is crucial to how the media will report it and what the public perception will be.
The summary of IG findings will be critical. Recall the first comprehensive report Horowitz released in June of 2018.
The report, all 568 pages of it, was chock full of damning evidence but the length of it guaranteed virtually no one would read it. Instead, the IG’s softened summary became crucial to Democrats, and their lapdog media’s defense of the Obama Justice Department.
A scathing summary, in line with the evidence contained within the 568 pages, would have left criminal elements and their media defenders with nothing to cite from the report.
Should we expect more of the same now that we are expecting an even larger and more comprehensive report? According to investigative reporter Paul Sperry there’s reason for concern.
(Real Clear Investigations) As Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz finalizes his probe of allegations of abuses surrounding the surveillance of a Trump campaign aide, some colleagues and Republican lawmakers say they have no doubt he’s conducted a tough, impartial investigation. They expect him to deliver a hard-hitting report, due for release next month.
Others are more skeptical. While acknowledging that Horowitz is widely respected, these critics say his work has long been hampered by biases, conflicts and a tendency to play favorites, as in past probes of former FBI Director James Comey, whom Horowitz worked under in New York.
Their main complaint is that he pulls his punches.
“I see a pattern of him pulling up short and trying to be a bit of a statesman instead of making the hard calls,” said Chris Swecker, a 24-year veteran of the FBI who served as assistant director of its criminal investigative division, where he oversaw public corruption cases.
“I’m afraid he’s going to do the same thing with the FISA report – a finding that sounds tough, but in the end, ‘No harm, no foul,’ ” Swecker added, in reference to Horowitz’s probe of possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses against Carter Page, the former Trump adviser.
Sperry goes on to cite skeptics who point out that Horowitz is a Democrat and Obama appointee.
Sperry also points to evidence that Horowitz may be more political than reported. His innate inclination to protect the FBI and Justice, despite overwhelming evidence of their wrongdoing, was evident in the summary section of his first report..
Sperry uncovered federal records showing that Horowitz volunteered on the political campaigns of several Democrats while in college and has donated $1,000 to the campaign of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet.
Bennet is a political opponent of Donald Trump who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. This is not a good look for a federal investigator.
You can read Sperry’s entire article here.