The upcoming report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court by the FBI in securing surveillance warrants against the 2016 Trump campaign could aid the president in his impeachment fight, sources said.
“It will be damning evidence that government officials really were trying to sabotage Trump, which is what he’s been saying all along, including during the impeachment debate,” one source told Fox News, according to Newsmax.
“It’ll make it easy for Trump to portray impeachment as yet another political hit job by the resistance meant to undermine him and oust him — which of course it is,” the source added.
President Trump has claimed since shortly after he was inaugurated that former President Obama “wiretapped” him in his offices in Trump Tower in New York City.
A New York Times article published the day of the president’ January 20, 2017 inauguration made the same claim, though the paper — and Democrats — have since denied the validity of the report.
In all, it is believed that the FBI obtained four FISA court warrants to spy on onetime Trump campaign national security aide Carter Page.
In his upcoming IG report, according to the Washington Post and the NY Times, Horowitz is expected to say that there was no abuses of the FISA court and that the FBI was justified in launching its investigation of the Trump campaign.
Former FBI Director James Comey has said the bureau was acting on evidence that the Trump campaign had been infiltrated by Russia, though special counsel Robert Mueller said his investigation did not find any evidence of that.