On Monday in an interview with on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom”, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), announced during the segment that he wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking him to allow the public to see “as much declassification as possible” from the DOJ watch dog’s report.
Graham told anchor Sandra Smith on Monday, “I want the public to see the process in real-time. I want the FISA warrant applications to be revealed to the public as much as possible.” [Emphasized]
In his letter to Attorney General William Barr, Sen. Graham wrote:
Since March 28, 2018, the Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz has been conducting an investigation into the Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable Department and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) related to Carter Page. According to Inspector General Horowitz, that investigation is nearing completion.
In order for the Inspector General to be able to present the most complete results of his investigation to Congress and the American people, certain documents will need to be declassified and released to the public. I write to urge you to declassify all documents the Inspector General identifies as appropriate for declassification as much as possible, without harming national security.
From my review, the following classified documents, at a minimum, should be declassified in order to provide a complete picture of what went on with the FISA process as it relates to Carter Page and the Trump campaign: (Continued Below)
- All documents and communications originally shared with the Gang of Eight in May 2018 related to the investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election, including any transcripts or summaries of transcripts of conversations between George Papadopoulos and confidential informants.
- The applications for FISA warrants, and any renewals thereof, for Carter Page or anyone else associated with the Trump campaign.
- The letter from the Department to the FISC filed pursuant to Rule 13(a) of the FISC’s Rules of Procedure.
- Any opinions from the FISC related to the Carter Page FISA or other Trump campaign-related FISA’s.
- The chart that shows the FBI’s attempts to verify the allegations in the Steele dossier.
- Any FBI or Department documents or communications discussing Christopher Steele’s credibility and/or biases or the FBI or the Department’s knowledge of Steel’s contacts with members of the media.
- FD-302s or other interviews summaries related to anyone at FBI or the Department who interacted or accepted documents or communications from Christopher Steele, Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS, Michael Sussman, Perkins Coie, or the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or anyone associated with the DNC.
- The FBI’s confidential human source reports and related documents and communications for Christopher Steele.
- Documents and communications related to the defensive briefings given to both the Clinton and Trump campaigns.
On Monday during Graham’s interview on Fox News, he noted, “And this is not revenge, this is just accountability.”
(Related: Sen. Graham Sends AG Barr A Letter & Calls For ‘Declassification’ Of FISA Abuse: ‘This Is Not Revenge, This Is Accountability’)
Senator Graham’s official letter to Attorney General William Barr:
Senator Lindsey Graham’s interview:
(Related: Sen. Lindsey Graham On Upcoming IG Report & FISA Abuse: ‘What Did Obama Know & When Did He Know It?’)