Maria Bartiromo walks back scoop on release date for FISA report

Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo walked back her announcement that the Justice Department inspector general’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses would be released on Friday.

“UPDATE: -IG report NOT out this Friday 10/18. Classifications being made. Likely end of month,” she tweeted on Monday.

Over the past few days, Bartiromo reported her sources were saying Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report would be released by the end of the week.

“I’m hearing the IG report will be out this upcoming Friday, Oct. 18, and my sources say it’s as thick as a telephone book,” Bartiromo said on her Fox News show, Sunday Morning Futures. She added that the report, which focuses on actions by DOJ and FBI officials, covers “more than just FISA abuse.”

Horowitz announced the completion of his investigation one month ago. The inspector general gave a draft to the Justice Department and the FBI for a classification review, after which the final draft will be delivered to Congress.

Republicans assert that top Justice Department and FBI officials misled the FISA court by using an unverified dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele to obtain warrants to electronically monitor onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Democrats have dismissed the allegations of wrongdoing during the Trump-Russia investigation and are concerned that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the early stages of the Russia investigation, being overseen by Attorney General William Barr, may be an effort to discredit the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.


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