Impeachment may be the talk of the town at the moment, but that could all change when the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on allegations of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant abuse during the 2016 presidential election is released. According to Senator Lindsey Graham, that report will be released on December 9.
Horowitz will be coming before the Senate to testify on his findings on December 11, but Graham assured Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that the report will be released a couple of days before that happens.
Asked if that date is firm for the release, Graham replied, “That’s locked.”
Horowitz previously stated the investigation was drawing to a close, but he did not reveal a date the findings would be released. The report is said to be quite lengthy, which suggests there could be hard evidence of abuse and a criminal probe could follow.
On top of the report, Graham told Hannity he is requesting transcripts from three phone calls between former Vice President Joe Biden had former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Graham said the transcripts are of interest because the calls coincide with a Ukrainian prosecutor dropping an investigation into Burisma, a company Biden’s son Hunter previously worked for.
“I want to know are there any transcripts or readouts of the phone calls between the vice president and the president of Ukraine in February  after the raid on the gas company president’s house,” Graham said. “After this raid, Hunter Biden kicks in. Hunter Biden’s business partner meets with [then-Secretary of State] John Kerry, and Vice President Biden on three occasions makes a phone call to the president of Ukraine and goes over there in March and they fire the guy, and this is the same man that the ambassador wanted investigated in 2015.”
Source: Fox News
While Trump is being accused of quid pro quo with Ukraine by Democrats, there is harder evidence that Biden may have engaged in quid pro quo when he was vice president. The accusation is that he purposefully withheld aid to the country in order to get the investigation into Burisma dropped. This is an accusation Democrats are completely ignoring in their impeachment inquiry, but one that is central to the entire case since the investigations Trump supposedly requested from Ukraine were tied to Biden and Burisma, as well as the 2016 presidential election.
Graham believes the fact that the prosecutor who was going after Burisma was later dismissed despite numerous calls to investigate Burisma shows that there was clear corruption that took place.
“Hunter Biden was on the board [of Burisma] and that changes everything,” he said of the investigation being turned around.
Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe recently told Fox News he believes the impeachment inquiry hearings are being rushed because Democrats fear the release of the IG report and what it could say about the 2016 presidential election and the very alleged corruption the president has been speaking about for years.
“The Democrats are racing to get to through this impeachment as quickly as possible,” he said. “It’s why we have eight witnesses and five hearings this week and we’re not doing any of the work because they know the inspector general report is likely to be damning about the origins of the 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign and the role that the Obama/Biden officials played in that.”
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