Officials with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (IG) are investigating whether senior executives of DOJ and FBI broke the law or established procedures during the probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a home-brew private email server to conduct official diplomatic business.
The IG’s investigation, prompted by numerous requests from Congress and the public, will pay special attention to FBI Director James Comey’s decisions to issue public statements and write letters about the investigation’s findings days before the election, according to an IG news release.
Comey came under fire, particularly from Democrats, for his 11th-hour letter to Congress about the discovery of more emails related to the investigation on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Some Democrats suggested the announcement cost Clinton the election. (Emails Related To Clinton Server Discovered During Anthony Weiner Sexting Investigation)
The DOJ’s independent watchdog, led by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, will investigate the following:
- Allegations that the DOJ and FBI failed to follow policies or procedures related to Comey’s July 5 public announcement that the FBI’s findings did not warrant referring Clinton for criminal prosecution, and Comey’s letters to Congress on Oct. 28 and Nov. 6. about additional Clinton-related emails.
- Allegations that Comey should have recused himself from much of the investigation
- Allegations that Peter Kadzik, DOJ’s assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, improperly disclosed sensitive information about the investigation to the Clinton campaign
- Allegations that DOJ and FBI employees wrongly disclosed information that wasn’t public
- Allegations that the FBI released certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at questionable times Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.
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The IG will consider reviewing other, related issues that may arise, the release said, but did not offer a timeframe for the investigation.
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