Barr: Inspector general's report on alleged FISA abuses 'imminent'

The report on an internal watchdog probe into whether the FBI followed the law and its own policies while applying for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign aide during the 2016 election is "imminent," Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump rails against Fox News for planning interviews with Schiff, Comey Judge rejects DOJ effort to delay House lawsuit against Barr, Ross Holder rips into William Barr: 'He is unfit to lead the Justice Department' MORE said Wednesday. 

Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec confirmed to The Hill that Barr had been asked about Inspector General Michael Horowitz's probe into the warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page during a press conference in Memphis, Tenn.


"It's my understanding that it is imminent," Barr said. "A number of people who are mentioned in the report are having an opportunity to right now to comment on how they're quoted in the report, and after that process is over — it should be very short — the report will be issued."

He also praised Horowitz as a "fiercely independent" and "superb" investigator. 

Barr made the comments while unveiling a new program aimed at curbing gun violence

Republican senators have also indicated that the report could be coming soon. 

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday MORE (R-Iowa) tweeted on Tuesday that it might come out "next week when they said it would."

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocrats question fairness of Senate trial after Graham, McConnell statements Sunday shows - Republicans, Democrats maneuver ahead of House impeachment vote Impeachment nears: What would John McCain have done? MORE (R-S.C.) told The Hill last week that he thought it was coming "in a matter of weeks."  

Jordain Carney contributed.