“CRIMINAL REFERRALS” ANTICIPATED
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 12, 2019) — “Hannity” host Sean Hannity opened Monday night’s show by reporting that his sources say the anticipated Inspector General report on “FISA abuse” alleged on the part of the U.S. intelligence community will be released in “one week.”
For more than a year, the FBI and Justice Department have been under investigation by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concerning applications submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to obtain warrants on then-former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page between October 2016 and June 2017.
Minutes after his opening statement, Hannity hosted investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, who drew a connection between the upcoming IG report and the recently-expanded “criminal” investigation by U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham.
In May, U.S. Attorney General William Barr tasked Durham with conducting an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative which swirled through Washington and the mainstream media for more than two years but was discredited by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 19-prosecutor team in March.
“While Horowitz was conducting his report, it is believed that evidence that he stumbled on led Attorney General William Barr basically to appoint John Durham…to continue the investigation and expand the investigation. And now we know it’s a criminal investigation…this was at the same time that IG Michael Horowitz, behind the scenes, was conducting his own investigation into the beginning of the FBI’s probe into President Trump and the now-debunked theory that there was collusion with Russia. What’s going to be so important about this report when it comes out…is that there more than likely will be criminal referrals associated with the report.”
Carter said her sources say in regard to the report that “the possibility of it coming out before Thanksgiving is very likely.” She added that “very little will be redacted” such that formerly classified documents associated with the Trump-Russia probe could be made public.
“There more than likely will be criminal referrals associated with the report, Sean, and that could be several criminal referrals,” Carter said.
The FBI affirmed to the FISC that the evidence presented to obtain the Carter Page warrants was “verified,” a claim largely discredited by Hannity’s and others’ investigation and reporting. Three of the four warrants were signed by former FBI Director James Comey, Hannity said later to guests former Rep. Jason Chaffetz and current Rep. Andy Biggs, chairman of the “Freedom Caucus.”
In frustration, Hannity remarked that Horowitz’s report was originally expected to be released months ago.
“We already know the bulk of information in those applications, three of them signed by Jim Comey, was based on unverifiable material,” Hannity said. “…So then the next question is, ‘Do you see crimes here, and who would you expect…might be facing that in the near future?'”
Biggs responded, “I’m concerned for people like McCabe, Comey, even Rod Rosenstein; anybody who signed off — Sally Yates — anybody who signed off on one of those FISA warrant applications…I’m concerned that — I’m not really ‘concerned’; I believe that they’re culpable in some way. I also believe that their sources are culpable, anybody who suppressed information…perhaps even Brennan, perhaps even Clapper.”
“McCabe” is former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Rosenstein was Deputy Attorney General for more than two years under Trump, hired Mueller to act as Special Counsel, and signed the final Page warrant in June 2017. James Clapper was Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan was Obama’s CIA Director and is fiercely anti-Trump.