Thursday, November 14, 2019

Confirmed: FISA Report Release 'Imminent'

Per The Hill and numerous other outlets yesterday afternoon:

Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec confirmed to The Hill that Barr had been asked about Inspector General Michael Horowitz's probe into the warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page during a press conference in Memphis, Tenn.

"It's my understanding that it is imminent," Barr said. "A number of people who are mentioned in the report are having an opportunity to right now to comment on how they're quoted in the report, and after that process is over — it should be very short — the report will be issued." 
Republican senators have also indicated that the report could be coming soon.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted on Tuesday that it might come out "next week when they said it would."

 "Next week when they said it would." IOW, agree with him or disagree with him, but Barr is a man of his word. He means what he says and says what he means.


  1. Esp. in light of your description yesterday, of SOP by OIGs, it's really cool that, less than an hour ago, sundance posted .

    "they will not be allowed to remove any notes they make about the document...."

    Music to my ears. Let 'em squirm!

    1. Yes, I read that. He did a nice job on that. What comes out loud and clear from that is that Barr will do everything by the book, he'll be fair, but he'll brook no unnecessary delay.

  2. Basically, they are allowed to submit written rebuttals, the lawyers will just drag it all out for months.

    If you can't offer a true verbal rebuttal right then and there, the only benefit of more time is that it allows better fabrications.

    1. Right. As was said in a different case yesterday:

      “This is not a hard case,” U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said. “I was a good prosecutor for a long time. Deciding whether or not you’re going to charge someone with false statements or perjury is not that hard, factually or legally — maybe politically, but not factually or legally.”

  3. "the lawyers will just drag it all out for months."

    Is that now the IG's new plan? How do we know that?
    Has an IG ever allowed such a ploy to delay a report's release, by so much as one day?

    1. Mouse, I suspect Yancey committed a missing word typo. I think he meant to write:

      "Basically, IF they are allowed to submit written rebuttals, the lawyers will just drag it all out for months."