The Justice Department’s inspector general opened an investigation into whether the FBI failed to follow appropriate procedures in its probe of Hillary Clinton’s handling of official e-mail while serving as secretary of state, Bloomberg reports.
That review includes a look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s actions leading up to Director James Comey’s decision to announce findings of the probe on July 5, in which he publicly said that Clinton and her top aides were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” but no charges would be pursued.
It also includes a review of actions leading to Comey’s later announcements that he was re-opening and then closing the probe, both made days before the Nov. 8 election. Democrats say those moves damaged Clinton’s candidacy at a crucial moment and helped hand the election to Donald Trump.
The Thursday statement from the Justice Department’s Inspector General said there will also be an examination of whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from participating in the Clinton e-mail investigation. It went on to say investigators will look at whether non-public information was improperly released prior to Election Day, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the statement.
“In response to requests from numerous chairmen and ranking members of congressional oversight committees, various organizations, and members of the public, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a review of allegations regarding certain actions by the Department of Justice (Department) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in advance of the 2016 election,” according to the inspector general’s statement.