Graham calls on Barr to declassify files on DOJ watchdog's Russia probe

Graham calls on Barr to declassify files on DOJ watchdog's Russia probe
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Hillicon Valley: Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling | Tech legal shield makes it into trade deal | Impeachment controversy over phone records heats up | TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings MORE (R-S.C.) last week wrote to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHillicon Valley: Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling | Tech legal shield makes it into trade deal | Impeachment controversy over phone records heats up | TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings Giuliani: Trump asked me to brief Justice Department, GOP lawmakers on Ukraine trip Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling MORE asking him to declassify documents relating to the Justice Department inspector general's investigation into the handling of the Russia probe. 

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been looking into the conduct of the FBI and Justice Department in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant process, although, according to Graham's letter, the review is "nearing completion." 

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"In order for the Inspector General to be able to present the most complete results of his investigation to Congress and the American people, certain documents will need to be declassified and released to the public," Graham wrote. 
 
He specifically asked for the declassification of nine documents, including the FISA warrants for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and other members of the Trump campaign. He also requested that documents relating to former British spy Christopher Steele and his dossier be released.
 
In a recent tweet, Graham said he expected "ugly and damning rebukes of senior [Department of Justice] and FBI officials" after a different inspector general report found that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMisfired 'Hurricane': Comey's team abused Carter Page and the FBI Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE's handling of memos was in violation of bureau policies.
The Justice Department declined to comment. 
 
The department Friday night told a federal judge that neither Trump nor Barr had ordered that the Page FISA warrants be declassified, according to CNN