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Politics Justice Department watchdog to release report on Russia probe origins December 9

18:10  21 november  2019
18:10  21 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Watchdog report on Russia probe nears public release

  Watchdog report on Russia probe nears public release  The Justice Department's watchdog is nearing the release of its report on the early stages of the FBI's Russia investigation, a document likely to revive debate about a politically charged probe that shadowed President Donald Trump's administration from the outset. The inspector general in recent days has invited witnesses and their lawyers who were interviewed for the report to review portions of a draft this week and next, a critical final step toward making the document public, according to multiple people familiar with the process who insisted on anonymity to discuss it.

The Justice Department 's watchdog is nearing the release of its report on the early stages of the FBI's Russia investigation, a document likely to The inspector general in recent days has invited witnesses and their lawyers who were interviewed for the report to review portions of a draft this week

A forthcoming Justice Department inspector general's report into the FBI's handling of the Russia probe is already drawing criticism, weeks before its expected completion, amid concerns that witnesses wouldn't be given sufficient time to review the document before its release .

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog said he expects to be able to release a long-awaited report relating to the origins of investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on December 9.

Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham speaks during the reauthorization of the Freedom Act in Washington. © Reuters/JOSHUA ROBERTS Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham speaks during the reauthorization of the Freedom Act in Washington.

In a letter sent on Thursday to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he expected his office to be able to release the report on December 9 "barring unforseen circumstances."

Supporters of President Donald Trump have claimed the report will raise questions about the legitimacy of FBI investigations into alleged links to Russia by Trump and some of his campaign advisers.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; editing by Chizu Nomiyama

'Concerned' Democrats fretting DOJ inspector general ahead of FISA report .
Democrats are getting antsy with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. © Provided by Washington ExaminerAhead of next month's release of a report on the Russia investigation that is eagerly anticipated by Republicans, Democrats are asking why Horowitz has not taken up their requests to assess the conduct of President Trump's attorneys general over the past couple years. "Nobody is suggesting that Michael Horowitz, the independent watchdog appointed by Obama is partisan, or is unfair, or is unethical.

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