“EVERY BIT AS BAD AS ADVERTISED”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 9, 2019) — At approximately 12:37 p.m. EST, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC11) tweeted that he was provided a two-hour briefing on the about-to-be-released Justice Department Inspector General report on possible abuse of the “FISA” process in regard to the 2016 Trump campaign, stating that he found the information he received “deeply disturbing.”
“Some former FBI and DOJ officials are about to have some serious explaining to do,” Meadows continued.
In recent days, The New York Times has suggested that no serious wrongdoing will be identified in the report, which Fox News said Monday morning would be released at approximately “mid-day.”
Several minutes later, Meadows added, “And after reading this, it’s no wonder we’ve been seeing defensive leaks in the New York Times and CNN. And that the Democrats rushed to hold an impeachment hearing the same day,” referring to the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, which began at 9:00 a.m.
Referring back to the report, Meadows wrote, “It’s every bit as bad as advertised. And certainly worse than the media has been suggesting.”
Earlier on Monday, investigative journalist John Solomon reported that “The Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Russia collusion investigation lays out incontrovertible evidence that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court through false information and omissions, according to sources familiar with its findings.”
Several minutes before, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes tweeted that Americans will soon learn that the Trump-Russia “dossier,” which was used by the FBI and DOJ to obtain FISA warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page but never verified, was incorporated into an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) issued two weeks before Trump took office on January 20, 2017.
The ICA reported that Russians took a number of measures to interfere in the U.S. 2016 election.
The IG report is expected to focus on the use of the Steele dossier as evidence presented to the FISA court to surveille Page’s communications. As of 1:01 p.m., the report has just been released here: https://oig.justice.gov/reports/all.htm