Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to make his Justice Department budget request, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

This is a bit of welcome news.

If you’ve paid attention to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s statements on FISA abuse and the coming IG report, you know that he’s consistently insisted that he won’t schedule any hearings on the matter until the IG report has been released. His logic is that without the report, he won’t have the totality of the information needed.

Given that, this is a pretty big development.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Dec. 11 to examine the findings from a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during the Trump investigation, the committee said Monday.

With that, things suddenly got a lot more official. Graham would not be scheduling this hearing if he did not have assurances that the report would be released beforehand. In this case, perhaps the rumors it was coming right before Thanksgiving (likely dumped on the eve of the holiday if you are making bets) are true.

While I’m still a cynic anyone will be held accountable, multiple sources are saying that the report itself will contain numerous criminal referrals. We could be just a few days away from finding out just who is being targeted here. Is it James Comey? John Brennan? That will be revealed soon enough.

As impeachment begins to lose steam, the IG report and DOJ investigations into exactly what happened during the Trump-Russia investigation could prove to be a big shift in the political atmosphere. While the media will do everything they can to downplay it, they won’t be able to hide the truth from voters.

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