Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced Thursday that he would be reviewing the FBI and DOJ’s handling of certain aspects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
In particular, he will examine whether “policies or procedures were not followed” when FBI Director James Comey held a news conference in July to discuss the Clinton email case and when he decided to reopen the case just days before the election – a move the Dems say contributed to Hillary’s defeat.
“The deviations from the protocols at the FBI and the Justice Department were so glaring and egregious,” insists former Clinton spokesperson Brain Fallon. Hillary would be president were it not for Comey’s letter, he says.
Horowitz explains that his decision came after requests “from numerous chairmen and ranking members of congressional oversight committees, various organizations, and members of the public.”
Horowitz represents an independent body within the DOJ that is tasked with identifying violations of codes of conduct by DOJ and FBI employees. The DOJ watchdog will review “allegations regarding certain actions” by the DOJ and the FBI “in advance of the 2016 election,” said Horowitz.
He will also examine whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the case and will “investigate allegations that the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign,” reports Newsmax.
Comey announced the FBI’s findings on July 5th, stating that Hillary and her aides were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” but that no charges would be pursued.
The IG’s review will not change this decision, but it is not clear who will be in charge of responding to Horowitz’s recommendations.
Incoming Justice Department head Jeff Sessions has promised not to participate in the investigation due to his stance during Hillary’s presidential campaign.
Comey says he is “grateful to the Department of Justice’s IG for taking on this review. He is a professional and independent and the FBI will cooperate fully with him and his office. I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter.”
If anything, the IG’s investigation could help restore faith in the FBI and the DOJ – both agencies having suffered serious blows to their reputations and credibility following the Clinton email investigation.