Eagle-eyed White House TV crews spotted President Donald Trump talking excitedly with Attorney General William Barr and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in the Oval Office Thursday evening when he should have been leaving for Louisiana.
Per CNN, they were discussing Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s probe of the beginning of the Russia investigation, which is expected to finish soon.
Horowitz started investigating in 2018, centering his probe on FISA warrants the FBI obtained to electronically eavesdrop on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Since the warrants cite the Steele dossier, which contains some unverified claims about the President, Trump and his acolytes have seized on the episode as “proof” that the Russia investigation was politically motivated.
Barr said Wednesday that the final report from the investigation is “imminent,” heaping up praise on the IG.