President Trump Speaks Out on Upcoming FISA Report, Says It's "Historic"
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On Friday, President Donald Trump saw a preview of the upcoming Department of Justice Inspector General's report, describing it as "historic."
“They were spying on my campaign and it went right to the top and everybody knows it and now we’re going to find out,” President Trump said in a phone interview with Fox and Friends on Friday morning.
The President made it clear that he was not at all involved with the investigation and left it all to Attorney General Willam Barr.
“He’s a great attorney general we would maybe have ended this thing a lot sooner had he been there originally,” President Trump said.
The President went on, saying that the drop of the report will be "the biggest scandal in the history of our country."
“What you’re going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country,” he said.
Trump recalled his March 2017 claim that former President Barack Obama was spying on his campaign and repeated the scandal likely went all the way to the top of the West Wing in the White House.
He cited the actions of former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice, suggesting it would be “impossible” for them to be doing what they did without permission from Obama.
“I think it goes to the highest level, I hate to say it, I think it’s a disgrace, they thought I was going to win and they said, ‘How can we stop him,'” the President concluded.
On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham announced that the Justice Department report relating to potential FISA abuses against the Trump campaign would be released on the 9th of December.
The revelation from Graham came during an interview on Fox News with host Sean Hannity. Graham stated that the date was "locked" and Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be testifying in front of the Senate.
The Daily Caller reports:
Horowitz has been investigating whether the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in applications to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The FBI relied heavily on the unverified Steele dossier in applications to get the surveillance warrants. Investigators used the dossier, which Democrats funded, to assert that there was probable cause to believe that Page was a foreign agent of Russia.
"It'll be December 9th — you'll get the report," Graham said on Fox News. "That's locked."
Back in October, Horowitz announced that the "lengthy" investigation was coming to an end, adding that the draft report "concerns sensitive national security and law enforcement matters," he said in a letter.
"After we receive the final classification markings from the Department and the FBI, we will then proceed with our usual process for preparing a final report, including ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes," Horowitz added. "Once begun, we do not anticipate the time for that review to be lengthy."
Graham went on to discuss his plans regarding Ukraine and Burisma. Check out what Fox News reported:
Graham further broke news on "Hannity" when he confirmed he is sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting the transcripts of three phone calls the senator said then-Vice President Joe Biden had with then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Graham said the phone calls coincided with the time frame in which a Ukrainian prosecutor, once praised for going after the head of natural gas company Burisma Holdings – a person Graham said was known as the "dirtiest guy in Ukraine" by one top American official – was fired.
Burisma was the company on which Hunter Biden, the son of the 2020 Democratic candidate, sat on the board.
"I want to know are there any transcripts or readouts of the phone calls between the vice president and the president of Ukraine in February  after the raid on the gas company president's house," said Graham. "After this raid, Hunter Biden kicks in. Hunter Biden's business partner meets with [then-Secretary of State] John Kerry, and Vice President Biden on three occasions makes a phone call to the president of Ukraine and goes over there in March and they fire the guy, and this is the same man that the ambassador wanted investigated in 2015."
Graham also noted that he found it "odd" that Viktor Shokin was relieved of his duties instead of praised for his investigation of Burisma.
"The one person he named as being a sleazebag was the president of Burisma," Graham said.
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