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Justice Department watchdog to release report on Russia probe origins December 9

Justice Department watchdog to release report on Russia probe origins December 9
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   -   Copyright  JONATHAN ERNST(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department’s internal watchdog said he expects to be able to release a long-awaited report relating to the origins of investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on December 9.

In a letter sent on Thursday to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that he expected his office to be able to release the report on Monday, December 9 “barring unforseen circumstances.”

Supporters of President Donald Trump have claimed the report will raise questions about the legitimacy of FBI investigations into alleged links to Russia by Trump and some of his campaign advisors.

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(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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