Lindsey Graham Announces Release Date for DOJ Watchdog's FISA Report
Senator says Justice Department IG report release is 'locked'
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has announced the release date of the Department of Justice Inspector General's report on allegations of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant abuse during the 2016 election.
According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, December 9th is "locked" as the date for the report's release.
Senator Graham confirmed the release of the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report while speaking to Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday.
Hannity noted Horowitz will be coming before Graham's committee on December 11 to testify on the matter while asking Graham not to allow a Friday night document "dump" that would muffle the news coverage.
Graham smiled and nodded in response.
"It'll be December 9th -- you'll get the report," the South Carolina Republican said. "That's locked."
Horowitz told congressional lawmakers in an October letter that his investigation and ensuing report were nearing their conclusion.
The "lengthy" draft report "concerns sensitive national security and law enforcement matters," Horowitz wrote in the letter, adding that he anticipated "the final report will be released publicly with few redactions."
Horowitz noted that he did not anticipate a need to prepare or issue "separate classified and public versions of the report."
"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 wrote in the letter.
"Once begun, we do not anticipate the time for that review to be lengthy."
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 timeframe 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 added he found it "odd" that instead of lauding the Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, for investigating the Burisma chairman, he was instead relieved of his duties.
He said that in 2015, President Barack Obama's ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, said in a speech he wanted Shokin to be more forceful in his investigation of domestic corruption.
"The one person he named as being a sleazebag was the president of Burisma," Graham remarked.