The Justice Department inspector generals investigation into the FBIs surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser has received last-minute help from multiple witnesses, Fox News reports.
Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz sought interviews with the witnesses early in his investigation into whether the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in its investigation of the Trump campaign, according to Foxs Catherine Herridge.
The witnesses decision to cooperate comes as the 18-month long investigation is winding down. Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe said last week after meeting with Horowitz that the investigation is complete, and that a report of the probe is being drafted. (RELATED: Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe Says FISA Abuse Investigation Is Complete)
The Fox News report does not identify the witnesses or say when they provided assistance to Horowitzs investigation, which officially began March 28, 2018.
But one witness who works outside of the Justice Department and FBI began cooperating after Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to lead an investigation of the U.S. governments surveillance activities against the Trump campaign, as well as the origins of the Russia probe, Foxs sources said.
Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the Trump dossier, agreed last month to meet with Horowitzs team after initially being reluctant to do so. New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg said on CNN June 5 that Steele decided to cooperate because he had grown concerned that the FBI was going to throw him under the bus in the Horowitz investigation.
Steele provided information from his dossier to FBI agents, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, multiple State Department officials, and to several reporters. The FBI cut ties with Steele on Oct. 31, 2016, because he had an unauthorized coRead More – Source