Republicans senators pressure AG Barr to declassify FISA information

The Justice Department inspector general’s report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has been out for weeks now, but some GOP senators just came across information they find very troubling.

In an effort to create more transparency, the senators are now asking Barr to reverse the classification of four of the footnotes in the IG’s report, which highlights wrongdoing by the FBI in the lead-up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump–Russia probe, the Washington Examiner reports.

The misleading report

Republicans were obviously disappointed with the conclusion reached by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Horowitz found that there were more than a dozen “mistakes” made throughout the FISA warrant application process, all of which ensured the investigation into former Trump campaign aide Carter Page would continue.

Some of these mistakes included the purposeful manipulation of information to make Page appear as though he was possibly being used as a Russian asset.

Still, though, the IG stated there was no bias in the investigation at all, which seems ridiculous considering what we already know.

Now, a group of GOP senators is asking for even more information to be revealed. According to the Examiner, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Barr asking him to declassify four critical footnotes in the report that could reveal even more bias in the investigation.

Was the public misled?

The version of the report that was released publicly seems to have painted a different picture from the unredacted version of the report.

Johnson and Grassley stated in their request: “Specifically, we are concerned that certain sections of the public version of the report are misleading because they are contradicted by relevant and probative classified information redacted in four footnotes.

“This classified information is significant not only because it contradicts key statements in a section of the report but also because it provides insight essential for an accurate evaluation of the entire investigation,” the two continued.

They went on: “The American people have a right to know what is contained within these four footnotes and, without that knowledge, they will not have a full picture as to what happened during the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”

Barr could easily declassify this information if he deems it necessary, as Trump has put this matter entirely in his hands. But so far, neither the Department of Justice nor Barr has commented on the request.

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