The Justice Department inspector general’s office now says it will allow witnesses, who are set to review draft sections of its report on the initial FBI investigation of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, to submit written feedback, according to The Washington Post.
The decision reverses an earlier one by the IG’s office that had restricted written feedback. Some had feared the earlier decision could have made the final document less accurate. The reversal came after the Post had detailed the restrictive parameters.
Witnesses told the newspaper they had first been told comments must be conveyed only verbally.
But Stephanie Logan, a spokeswoman for the office, said written feedback will be permitted “consistent with rules to protect classified information.
“As part of our factual accuracy review, and consistent with our usual practice, we are providing witnesses with the opportunity to review portions of the report that relate to them,” Logan said.
“Also consistent with our practice, we undertake every effort to ensure witnesses can provide their comments and we are clarifying to witnesses that they will be able to provide written comments, consistent with rules to protect classified information.”
The inspector general is looking to complete witness reviews by Nov. 21. The release of the report may wait until after Thanksgiving, the Post said.
Conservatives have alleged wrongdoing occurred during the initial FBI investigation into the Trump campaign. But Democrats are hoping it disproves various conspiracy theories that have been offered as to how the probe started, according to the newspaper.
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