Inspector General Michael Horowitz made a major confirmation on Wednesday.
He revealed that his office found evidence of “political bias” at the Department of Justice.
These text messages occurring during and immediately after the 2016 General Election.
“But you definitely — in both of these investigations, you found political bias?” asked Sen. Ron Johnson.
“We found through the text messages evidence of people’s political bias, correct,” confirmed Horowitz.
However, Horowitz clarified Wednesday that his investigation into the FBI’s FISA abuses “did not reach” the conclusion that the bureau was unaffected by political bias during its 2016 Russia investigation.
These facts have led many to believe there is a clear and obvious contradiction between the hard evidence the report’s conclusion.
Moreover, Attorney General Bill Barr has criticized the reports findings and suggests the evidence is clear that the campaign of presidential candidate Donald Trump was illegally surveillanced for political purposes and due to political bias.
The Justice Department’s inspector general Michael Horowitz is set to release his findings on the FBI’s Russia investigation within the next week.
However, Attorney General William Barr says he rejects one of Horowitz’s key findings.
“Barr’s issue with the report is said to center on Horowitz’s conclusion that the FBI had enough information to open an investigation into Trump campaign members in July 2016,” Solange Reyner writes of Newsmax.
Sources told the Post, “Barr has not been swayed by Horowitz’s rationale for concluding the FBI had sufficient basis to open an investigation on July 31, 2016.” It appears AG Barr believes there is sufficient evidence that the FBI acted out of bias when spying on the Trump campaign.
WATCH: AG Barr Disagrees With Key Finding Of IG Horowitz’s Russia Report
Barr cannot order changes to the report because the IG operates independently of the DOJ.
Horowitz is expected to allege that a former FBI 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.
The report is expected to be sharply critical of the FBI but The New York Times reported Friday that the IG is not expected to conclude that top FBI leaders acted out of bias.