Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice, just finished conducting an investigation into the opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, and the FISA warrants the FBI obtained on former Trump campaign official Carter Page. Separate from that, Attorney General Bill Barr has tasked John Durham, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, with conducting another investigation into the opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. But it appears that the two investigations have interacted; here is what the Washington Post reported a few days ago:
The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Trump’s 2016 campaign said he could not offer evidence to the Justice Department’s inspector general to support the suspicions of some conservatives that the case was a setup by American intelligence, people familiar with the matter said. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office contacted U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor Barr personally tapped to lead a separate review of the 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said. The inspector general also contacted several U.S. intelligence agencies. Among Horowitz’s questions: whether a Maltese professor who interacted with a Trump campaign adviser was actually a U.S. intelligence asset deployed to ensnare the campaign, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the inspector general’s findings have not been made public.
But the intelligence agencies said the professor was not among their assets, the people said. And Durham informed Horowitz’s office that his investigation had not produced any evidence that might contradict the inspector general’s findings on that point.... The previously unreported interaction with Durham is noted in a draft of Horowitz’s forthcoming report on the Russia investigation, which concludes that the FBI had adequate cause to launch its Russia investigation, people familiar with the matter said. Its public release is set for Monday.
For those who don’t know, the FBI opened its Trump-Russia investigation after it learned that Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos met with Joseph Mifsud, a Kremlin-connected professor working in London who told him that the Russian government had dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. Now some Republicans have been peddling conspiracy theories about Mifsud being a US intelligence asset who was trying entrap Papadopoulos as part of a “Deep State” plot to take down Donald Trump. So what the Washington Post reported is that the IG asked Durham if there was any truth to this, and Durham responded that there’s no evidence to support these allegations.
But my question is, does the IG report, which was just released today, mention Horowitz’s communications with Durham? I couldn’t find it in a brief skim at least; the closest thing I could find was this passage on page 312:
We also investigated an allegation, raised by Papadopoulos, that the FBI used Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese citizen who was living in London and serving as a university professor, to pass information to Papadopoulos in April 2016 as a set up, so that the FBI could predicate the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Papadopoulos raised this possibility during his October 25, 2018 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, by stating that Mifsud might have been "working with the FBI and this was some sort of operation" to entrap Papadopoulos. The FBI's Delta files contain no evidence that Mifsud has ever acted as an FBI CHS [confidential human source], and none of the witnesses we interviewed or documents we reviewed had any information to support such an allegation.
But does anyone know if the communication with Durham is mentioned somewhere in the IG report?