Republican On House Intel Committee Sees Link Between Durham's Now-Criminal Investigation And Impending Release Of FISA Abuse Report

Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo Sunday he thinks U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe into the origins of Russia collusion became a criminal one because of what may ultimately come out of IG Michael Horowitz’s FISA abuse report.

Horowitz’s report, which was rumored to be on the verge of release last week, will deal with how FISA warrants used to spy on Trump associates were obtained. The IG has already recommended former FBI Director James Comey and Former Interim FBI Director Andrew McCabe to the DOJ for investigation.

Ratcliffe says he does not believe Horowitz informing Congress he was finishing the report and Durham announcing that his probe had now become a criminal one — both of which which happened on the same day — is a coincidence.

“I don’t believe in coincidences, and the end of the inspector general’s investigation and his impending report coming at the same time as the start of John Durham announcing that this is now a criminal probe is not a coincidence,” Ratcliffe, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“John Durham announcing that this is now a criminal matter is a significant development,” said Ratcliffe.

While there is no confirmation on why exactly Durham shifted the focus of his investigation, Ratcliffe told Bartiromo that he suspects it could be because he is following criminal referrals that have stemmed from — and will ultimately show up in the released — Horowitz report.