A conservative political pundit has low expectations for the impact of next week's release of the report related to the 2016 FISA abuse scandal.
The long awaited report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be released on December 9 and is expected to show how the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to spy on American citizens affiliated with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
While a number of top Obama-era Justice Department and FBI officials have been implicated, no one has been prosecuted. And Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families says he does not have high expectations for the effects of the report.
"The inspector generals in these government agencies, they don't have subpoena power. They are not allowed to interview people that are not currently working at the agency that they work at," Bauer points out. "It has been delayed over and over and over again, so I've got my expectations low. If it turns out to be more revealing than I think it might be, then I'll be pleasantly surprised."
Meanwhile, Bauer finds it sad that ex-FBI lawyer and Trump hater Lisa Page has been in the news so much.
"She cheated with a married man, and she was married, and they both hate the president," the conservative pundit observes. "Sadly, this is all too often the kind of people we have in Washington and part of the resistance and so forth, so I think I'm going to avoid delving too far into whatever her ax to grind is."
Bauer's hopes for the other investigation authorized by Attorney General William Barr, however, are higher, and he hopes that report will come out early enough in 2020 to have an impact on the election.