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DOJ lauds upcoming inspector general report on Russia investigation

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department late Monday lauded an upcoming 

report by the agency’s inspector general that is expected to conclude that the FBI’s surveillance of a Trump campaign aide was legal.

“The inspector general’s investigation is a credit to the Department of Justice,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec of the report, which is set for release Dec. 9. “His excellent work has uncovered significant information that the American people will soon be able to read for themselves.”

Her statement comes in the wake of a Monday night report that Attorney General William Barr has expressed disagreement with a key finding by Inspector General Michael Horowitz: that the FBI had sufficient basis to launch an investigation into members of the Trump campaign.

The Justice Department statement did not refer to that report by The Washington Post, but it urged the American people to “draw their own conclusions.”