In a little more than a week, Attorney General Bill Barr’s Justice Department will pull the trigger on the release of the long-awaited FISA report.
And according to Fox News’ Brooke Singman, when it is released, we can expect the current news cycle to turn away from President Donald Trump’s impeachment and toward the allegedly illegal activities of biased investigators during the 2016 election.
There are issues
Barr and has hinted at the possibility that Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz has made some major discoveries in his investigation of alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), but no specifics have been given as of yet.
Honestly, though, that does not matter, because it’s been confirmed that there were real problems, and people could go to jail over them.
Horowitz has been hard at work investigating the possible abuse of FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign for over the last year and a half, and the report is set to drop on Dec. 9.
Although Horowitz has been tight-lipped about the status of the investigation, we know that at least one low-level FBI employee doctored some of the documents used to support a FISA warrant application, and that person is now part of the criminal investigation being handled by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Liberal outlets are already portraying the report as a big nothing-burger, but Trump doesn’t buy the narrative.
Last week, during an interview on Fox & Friends, Trump stated: “What they have coming out is historic. This was spying on my campaign…this was an overthrow attempt at the presidency.”
Setting the Tone
Even if this ends up amounting to only low-level violations and the IG determines the investigation was “technically” launched properly, Americans’ trust in the government will have been breached.
The additional benefit to all of this is that the infamous Trump enemy, former FBI Director James Comey will not escape without egg on his face.
In such a high-profile case, the director of the FBI clearly did not ensure adherence to rules and regulations, something for which he should be held accountable.
Unless that report comes out with a clean bill of health for the agencies involved — and we know it won’t — its findings are on a collision course with the impeachment proceedings in the battle for public attention, a scenario which could play out very favorably for President Trump.