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December 03, 2019

WaPo: Horowitz Report Will Say... That FBI Acted Properly In Opening Criminal Investigation Into Trump

And Barr disputes this finding.

Attorney General William P. Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department's inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report -- that the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching an investigation into members of the Trump campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.

...

The discord could be the prelude to a major fissure within federal law enforcement on the controversial question of investigating a presidential campaign.

Barr has not been swayed by Horowitz's rationale for concluding that the FBI had sufficient basis to open an investigation on July 31, 2016, these people said.

Womp womp, I guess.

Is the WaPo story right, or is it further fake news of the kind we've seen all too much of?

I think it's probably right. Horowitz is an Obama stooge and you're all familiar with his previous work, which is retroactively whitewashing and blessing the DOJ's decisions with Hillary's emails.

The DOJ spokesman issued a statement saying that Horowitz "is a credit to the Department of Justice. His excellent work has uncovered significant information that the American people will soon be able to read for themselves. Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week, watch the Inspector General's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and draw their own conclusions about these important matters."

Some people take that to mean that Barr is directing spokesman to low-key deny the story, but I think that is reading too much into it. It's probably just an empty statement intended to tamp down controversy while people figure out what they're going to say and do when the whitewash is released on December 9th.

For what it's worth, Lindsey Graham advises to ignore all pre-release spin.

And he knows a thing or two about pre-release.

"Be wary of The Washington Post and New York Times reporting on what's coming up with Horowitz. They've been trying overtime to spin this thing, to diminish its effect, to downplay it," the Republican South Carolina senator said in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

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