Reporter John Solomon broke the news on Nov. 7 that there was yet another investigation being run out of the Department of Justice’s Inspector Generals Office that has not finished, and the final report could even be publicly released ahead of the long-anticipated FISA abuse report.
And this new report will detail an investigation into violations of the FBI’s rules and regulations regarding the use of confidential informants.
In a radio interview with Sean Hannity, Solomon stated, based on his sources, that this investigation is already completed, and the final report is already in. Notably, this means nothing leaked during the actual investigation.
Now, what possible reason would the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General have to suddenly want to take a real good look at how the FBI was using confidential informants?
Well if you look at the official announcement Horowitz made back on March 28, 2018, in which he revealed his investigation into the FBI’s compliance with all the legal requirements for FISA applications, you will see that the Inspector General said this:
“As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source. Additionally, the OIG will review the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications.”
And then within a few days of that announcement, this also begins appearing on the official DOJ OIG website that lists the ongoing work they are doing:
“FBI’s Confidential Human Source Program
The OIG is auditing the FBI’s Confidential Human Source Program. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) assess the FBI’s management and oversight of its Confidential Human Source Program, to include the FBI’s oversight of payments to confidential human sources, (2) examine the FBI’s confidential human source policies to ensure consistency with the Attorney General Guidelines, and (3) assess the FBI’s process of determining reliability and appropriateness of confidential human sources.”
To this point, there are three confidential informants whose activities involving Trump campaign personnel during the 2016 election have become public knowledge. Two are academics with long-established ties to Western intelligence officials, and the third is a former British MI6 intelligence officer who became a political operative:
Professor Stefan Halper
Professor Joseph Mifsud
Although there are very real issues that surround both Halper and Mifsud, I think it’s far more likely this new report will center on the activities of paid political operative Steele.