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 BarrAppeals court sides with Trump on federal execution policy Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report Decentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response 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.

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"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 GrassleyPresident tightens grip on federal watchdogs Officials sound alarm over virus relief check scams Trump takes heat for firing intel watchdog during pandemic MORE (R-Iowa) tweeted on Tuesday that it might come out "next week when they said it would."

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill UN biodiversity chief calls for international ban of 'wet markets' Graham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets MORE (R-S.C.) told The Hill last week that he thought it was coming "in a matter of weeks."  

Jordain Carney contributed.