Monday is the ‘big day” for release of IG Horowitz report on FISA abuses regarding investigations of then candidate Trump. Presumed knowledgeable sources have signaled not to expect much and even that it might be a whitewash protecting deep-state actors
(it depends o the forthcoming nature of the deep state). Maybe it will point to a fall guy with fingerprints on a smoking gun that folks may understand as more of a peashooter. Democrats will portray any critiques as mere technical violations in the exuberance of good people doing their job to protect the integrity of the election process.
The report on possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will be released Monday, setting up a possible conflict between Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Attorney General William Barr.
Reports suggest Horowitz, who headed the investigation, and Barr diverge on whether the FBI was justified in launching its 2016 counterintelligence inquiry into possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, later wrapped into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller concluded Russia interfered but did not establish a criminal conspiracy between President Trump and Russia.
Barr disagrees with Horowitz’s supposed conclusion that the FBI had sufficient information to justify launching its Trump-Russia investigation, according to the Washington Post, and Barr isn’t persuaded by Horowitz’s findings and believes agencies outside of the DOJ, such as the CIA, might be able to reveal details that could change Horowitz’s mind. The investigation conducted by Barr’s right-hand man, U.S. Attorney John Durham, uncovered information that could buttress Barr’s doubts, according to a lawyer associated with Durham’s team.
Dropping it tomorrow will be before an actual House Judiciary Committee impeachment vote by House Democrats (who else?) but based on the above we do not expect that it will cool their jets, and maybe it will make them more insane.
The process the House Democrats have used and are intent on furthering for the final vote to impeach is so unfair that it is unlikely to cost Trump any Republican support. It is more about the House Democrats own insulated insanity and that of their base who they feel are itching for this. They do not see a downside as partisan as they have been.
Their operatives are so dirty it is felt necessary to throw as much dirt as they can. Their machine politics need this to fuel their rabid base or risk loosing some of that “energy” to the extent of loosing “bluish” seats (not to mention toss-up seats and all those who are running in seats Trump won). There is no downside in their view only necessity. They may see themselves loosing some no-party folks, but they don’t pay the bills, and they may be doing this eyes wide open that Trump will now win reelection.
They are trying to protect their base congressional district support. There is also no downside because the dominant liberal media will work overtime to protect them, change the subject, etc.. They of course have a big part in this. They will not report the implications of the Horowitz findings if significantly damaging, they will energize any spin of it as an exoneration ( how they say we spun the Mueller report) and they will continue to cover the impeachment Nadler show hoping to do as much damage as they can produce (they are the producers of this theater). More from the Washington Examiner article:
Barr and Durham have not said when they will release their conclusions, but Trump weighed in Tuesday when asked if he’d heard about the disagreement between Horowitz and Barr.
“If what I read is correct, that would be a little disappointing, but it was just one aspect of the report, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump said.
Trump said he heard from the news that Horowitz’s report would be “very powerful” and “devastating” and also raised expectations for what Barr and Durham might uncover.
“I do think the big report to wait for is the Durham report,” Trump said. “That’s the one that people are really waiting for. And he’s highly respected, and he’s worked very hard and he’s worked long hours, I can tell you, and gone all over the world. So we’ll see.”
Durham’s portfolio of powers is much more than Horowitz and there are reports that he has uncovered criminal behavior and is pursuing it. Not holding our breath on that one either given the depth of the deep state.