US Justice Department to Review FBI, DOJ Actions Leading Up to 2016 Election
The Justice Department Inspector General has launched a review of the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Justice leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced the investigation on Thursday, “in response to requests from numerous Chairmen and Ranking Members of Congressional oversight committees, various organizations, and members of the public.” The review will be focused on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The office will be reviewing “allegations that the Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI director’s public announcement on July 5, 2016, and the director’s letter to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016, and that certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations,” according to their statement.
According to the announcement, the office will also be looking into whether or not FBI Director James Comey “should have been recused from investigating certain matters.” Horowitz will also be looking into allegations that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, Peter J. Kadzik, improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign — and if they should have also been recused. The review will also look at other unnamed DOJ and FBI employees who are also accused of leaking non-public information. Additionally, the announcement states that the office will review the timing of certain Freedom of Information Act releases by the FBI on October 30 and November 1, 2016. There are allegations about the use of an official Twitter account to publicize the releases also being “influenced by improper considerations.”
Search Warrant in Clinton Email Probe Exposes FBI Director ‘Impropriety’
The unsealed search warrant in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails shows that agency director James Comey’s letter to US Congress was unnecessary, the former Democratic presidential candidate’s lawyer, David Kendall, said in a statement.
The warrant was issued in October in order for the FBI to search emails for any messages sent to or from Clinton on the laptop belonging to her longtime aide Huma Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner.
“Today’s release of the FBI affidavit highlights the extraordinary impropriety of Director Comey’s October 28 letter, publicized two days before the affidavit,” Kendall said on Tuesday. “[It] produced devastating but predictable damage politically and which was both legally unauthorized and factually unnecessary.”
The attorney added that the court filing proves that the FBI had no reasons to determine that the correspondence was somehow related to the investigation closed in July. None of the emails that were on the laptop changed the FBI’s prior decision not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton.