DOJ Watchdog's Clinton Report Expected to Reignite Battle Over FBI Probes

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Regardless of its severity, any kind of criticism of Comey in the IG's report will likely please President Trump, who took to Twitter on Thursday morning to vent his frustrations with the ongoing and fruitless "Russiagate" investigation, with Comey, and with the "fake news" media. Clinton herself has blamed Comey in part for her election loss to Mr. Trump.

Here's what you need to know.

What does the inspector general do?

The investigation will cover allegations that the announcement from James Comey, the FBI Director at the time, did not follow FBI guidelines, whether the Deputy FBI Director should have recused himself from the investigation into Russian collusion, and whether "Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information".

Law enforcement officials previously told Reuters the information was leaked to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an adviser to the Trump campaign.

Former President Barack Obama nominated Horowitz as inspector general of the Department of Justice in July of 2011. In 2012, he was confirmed by the Senate without objection and sworn into office that spring.

Trump has expressed great interest in the inspector general's report, as well as some skepticism it might not be as damning as he hoped.

Though the inspector general condemned individual FBI officials, the report fell significantly short in supporting the assertion by the president and his allies that the investigation was rigged in favor of Clinton, according to a person familiar with its content, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share findings before the report's formal release.

Among the actions scrutinized is Comey's decision to publicly announce his recommendation against prosecuting Clinton, and his disclosure to Congress days before the election that the investigation was being revived because of newly discovered emails.

President Trump, in tweets, has criticized Comey's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state as "phony and dishonest".

Even so, critics argue that their proximity to investigations of such high magnitude warrant a probe into whether their work was tainted by political bias.

"That decision really fell to me, ultimately on the Comey matter", Sessions said, saying it was "the right move".

In the midst of the Clinton email probe, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch privately met with former President Bill Clinton for roughly 30 minutes on a tarmac in Arizona.

Trump described the message as "treason", and said it laid bare an Federal Bureau of Investigation plot to work against him once elected.

The inspector general's detailed report is set to be released later in the day.

Trump tweeted June 5 his impatience with the delays in releasing the report.

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