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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 GrahamSpokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome Former Graham challenger Jaime Harrison launches political action committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE (R-S.C.) last week wrote to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report DOJ dropping charges against ex-Mexican defense minister 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 ComeyThe new marshmallow media in the Biden era McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Memo: Trump retains narrow path to victory 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