The Horowitz FISA report is coming

Some things to look for. The bottom line is that we're not going to see a lot of useful information outside the FISA itself. Horowitz has limited jurisdiction. Early reports suggest at least one criminal referral for making material changes that falsified evidence directly connected to that FISA. We may see more of that where the evidence is clear (eg, the 302s in the Flynn case). Mostly, though, Horowitz will be looking at what the FBI did with the information they received, whether the procedures were followed, whether and when those involved learned of potential problems with the information, or if there was clear evidence of misconduct in how it was handled.

In my opinion there is ample evidence already known to support multiple criminal referrals on those elements.

Horowitz will likely also deliver recommendations to improve policies and procedures around the FISA process.

It will be up to Durham to investigate (and hopefully prosecute) the role of the CIA and other intelligence agencies in presenting information to the FBI. Individuals like Stefan Halper and "Azra Turk" may be in a grey area where they may be FBI or CIA assets. Individuals like Mifsud are likely outside of Horowitz's reach, but Durham is known to be looking into that side of things.

In short: Horowitz is likely to focus on the FBI/DOJ side of things, leaving the origins of the matter and any NSA/CIA/State Dept involvement to Durham.

It's worth noting that in addition to the likely criminal referral around Clinesmith's alleged document edits, Lisa Page is starting a PR spin campaign prior to the report. That probably means she looks pretty bad in it.

This entry was published Mon Dec 02 21:42:53 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-12-01 22:32:56.0. [Tweet]

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