It looks like Attorney General William Barr is going to disagree with a fundamental finding of his department's inspector general on a hot-button issue. The inspector general's office is independent of Justice Department leadership, the Post notes, "so Barr can not order Horowitz to change his findings".
The review is set for release on December 9. But "the threshold to open the Russian Federation investigation was not particularly high", the Times reports.
"Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week, watch the Inspector Generalâ€™s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and draw their own conclusions about these important matters", Kupec continued.
Barr has reportedly praised Horowitz for his work in general, and it is not yet clear how he'll register his disagreement.
According to the Washington Post, IG Michael Horowitz plans to release his report next week which asserts that the FBI did have enough information to open an investigation into members of the Trump campaign in 2016. But the situation did not sway the independent Justice Department watchdog from finding the surveillance was valid, sources said.
Horowitz is expected to allege that a former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer altered a document related to the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, though he will say the lawyer's conduct did not change the legal basis for the request to wiretap him.
Barr reportedly argues that Horowitz does not have enough information to clear the FBI, and he is relying in part on a separate investigation he initiated, nominally headed by U.S. Attorney John Durham, that is also examining any role the Central Intelligence Agency played. The document is also at least one focus of Durham's criminal probe.