Graham: Barr has ‘every confidence in the world’ in Horowitz

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By Jordain Carney – 12/03/19 11:23 AM EST

Graham: Barr has 'every confidence in the world' in Horowitz

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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJohn Feehery: Censure could give Democrats a way out of no-win impeachment Graham, Van Hollen warn Pompeo that ‘patience’ on Turkey sanctions ‘has long expired’ Impeachment inquiry enters critical new phase MORE (R-S.C.) downplayed a potential split within the Justice Department over a forthcoming report on surveillance in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Graham was asked during an interview Monday night on Fox News about a Washington Post report that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr rejects key finding in report on Russia probe: report Appeals court rejects Trump DOJ request to resume executions The Jeffrey Epstein blame game continues MORE is preparing to break with Inspector General Michael Horowitz on a key finding of a forthcoming report.

“I can tell you without any hesitation that Attorney General Barr has every confidence in the world in Mr. Horowitz. He believes he’s done a good job, a professional job, and he appreciates the work and the effort he’s put in,” Graham said.

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that people should “be wary” of The Post reporting on the forthcoming Horowitz report, arguing the media had been “trying overtime” to spin the report’s findings. He did not take issue with a specific piece of The Post’s reporting.

People familiar with the matter told The Post that Barr said he does not agree with the report’s finding that the FBI had enough intelligence to initiate an investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016.

Horowitz’s office has been investigating DOJ and the FBI’s “compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person.”

Graham added on Monday night that he also has “every confidence” that Horowitz will “be fair to everybody.” Horowitz is expected to testify before Graham’s panel next week on the findings of his report.

The investigation has been lauded by Republicans, who have long alleged the FBI abused its surveillance powers in applying for a warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, saying officials did not sufficiently disclose the Democratic link to the so-called Steele Dossier.

Graham reiterated on Monday that he believes the Obama administration “pulled a fast one” on FISC.

“I think that’s what you’re going to find,” Graham added.

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