Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz finished his FISA application report and turned it over to Attorney General William Barr on Friday to be scrubbed of any classified information, leading Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) to tell Sean Hannity Tuesday he believes all four FISA warrants used to spy on Carter Page will be found to be illegally obtained.
Fox News host Sean Hannity broached the topic with the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee during an interview Tuesday evening, saying, “We keep hearing that the FISA report by the inspector general is going to be devastating. I would assume that he concludes that all four FISA applications and warrants were obtained illegally. Do you see any different conclusion than that?”
“No, I don’t, Sean,” Nunes replied.
The report is said to be circulating among lawmakers on Capitol Hill which may be why, according to the Washington Examiner, Nunes, Hannity, and Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova are insisting that the “initial FISA warrant against Page and the three renewals at three-month intervals were illegally obtained.” Those warrants were obtained from October 2016 to June 2017.
The now-discredited Steele dossier is thought to have been used to obtain the warrants, and there is some question as to who within the FBI and Justice Department may have known the allegations contained in the dossier were unverified, and that the dossier was paid for by Donald Trump’s political opponent Hillary Clinton.
Nunes told Hannity the report will be released to lawmakers in the coming weeks who will then figure out how to release it to the public.
“We don’t want to see it all blacked out. We want the American people to see everything,” Nunes said. “In order for that to happen, a lot of the documents that we have been requesting to be declassified have got to be declassified now. I would only add on just one final point on all of this and that is that Durham needs to gather all of the evidence and needs to make sure, whatever he takes, if he’s going to actually do a prosecution of these dirty cops, he needs to have all the evidence. He needs to get it right. Because we want to make sure that justice is definitely served in this case.”