GOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find 'problems'

Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeWisconsin GOP says hackers stole .3M Hillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked Rubio warns that election interference may ramp up around Election Day MORE (R-Texas) predicted the watchdog report on the alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) violations by those investigating the Trump campaign will find “problems” that validate the allegations.

Ratcliffe told Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoMeadows criticizes veteran journalist Lesley Stahl as an 'opinion journalist' Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump MORE on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he expects Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s internal report into the origins of the investigation into connections between Russia and President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE’s campaign will come out the first week of December.

The Texas representative said the report’s length suggests the report will be “damning.”


“It doesn't take an inspector general 500 pages to say that everything was done correctly and properly and I can't tell you everything that's in there, but what I can tell you is that I know that the inspector general's going to have to find that there were things that were done wrong, that there was exculpatory information that wasn't provided to the FISA court,” he said.

Ratcliffe claimed the House Democrats are speeding the impeachment inquiry to beat the release of the inspector general’s report 

“That's why we have eight witnesses and five hearings this week and we're not doing any of the work is because they know that the inspector general report is likely to be damning about the origins of the 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign, the role that the Obama-Biden administration officials played in that,” he told Bartiromo.

The independent investigation has been looking into whether the FBI violated its policies when applying for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign aide ahead of the 2016 election. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDOJ shifts, will allow local police to wear body cameras during operations with federal agents Police accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters Trump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says MORE said the report was “imminent” last week.

The Department of Justice launched its own administrative review into the Russia probe, which has shifted to a criminal investigation, The New York Times reported last month.