Mark Meadows: Likely We'll See Criminal Referrals From DOJ Inspector General On 2016 Surveillance Abuse


GOP Rep. Mark Meadows told FNC's Maria Bartiromo on this week's "Sunday Morning Futures" that he expects the Justice Department’s inspector general to issue criminal referrals related to the FBI’s possible abuse of the surveillance courts during the Trump-Russia probe.

"Jim Jordan and I met with [DOJ] Inspector General Horowitz -- he and his team have been doing a great job, and I might add an independent job to verify some of the things that we have long assessed as problems."

"We’re fully anticipating that the [DOJ inspector general’s] report will come out as Attorney General Barr said in the next four to six weeks, and I think it’s highly likely that we’ll see criminal referrals coming from them that will correspond with what Chairman [Devin] Nunes has already put forth," Meadows said.

"So what we would find is people within the Department of Justice, primarily the FBI, would actually give information to the media, then those reports would actually come out and they would say ‘wow, we have these reports now,’ and then they would take the actual reports and use those as the probable cause to do a further investigation," Meadows said.

"It was a big circular reasoning… you’ll see all of that come out, I believe, when inspector general’s report comes out."

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