Graham begins deposing witnesses in FISA abuse scandal as Senate Judiciary panel ramps up probe

(USA Features) Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has begun interviewing witnesses he believes are germane to his panel’s newly-launched investigation into the FBI’s abuses of the FISA court during the 2016 election.

Graham told reporters on Tuesday that he’s begun interviewing witnesses via closed-door depositions but he did not elaborate on the state of his probe, the Washington Examiner reported.

The long-serving South Carolina Republican requested closed-door interviews with 17 FBI and Justice Department officials last month.

In a Feb. 12 interview with CBS News, Graham stated that depositions would begin sometime later last month or early March. He added that proceedings could go on for weeks.

The Judiciary Committee chair has led the drive to investigate current and former DoJ and FBI officials for abuses that were noted in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report in December.

His probe into the DoJ’s counterintelligence investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign found at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” in FISA court applications that were submitted by DoJ and FBI officials.

Also, he found that at least two FISA surveillance warrants for Trump campaign official Carter Page were improper.

“Horowitz found that the FBI investigators working on the case misled Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges to get approval for at least of the four FISA applications submitted to continue the investigation into Page,” the Washington Examiner reported.

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