Former FBI director James Comey better use some of the earnings from his book ‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership’, because he is going to need a good lawyer.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz informed lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday that his office has provided leadership at the Justice Department and FBI with a copy of the draft report and has requested that they review it for classified information.
When Horowitz first launched the investigation in January 2017, he made clear that the report would tackle then-FBI Director James Comey’s controversial move to announce, without Justice Department approval, that he was not recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information, as well as Comey’s subsequent letters to lawmakers in the days leading up to the presidential election, essentially reopening and then closing the investigation once again.
A new report suggests an imminent Inspector General report may rule that FBI and Justice Department officials broke the law in their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Investigative reporter Paul Sperry said Thursday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has “found ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s,” adding that the top watchdog official has “referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”
BREAKING: IG Horowitz has found "reasonable grounds" for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ's handling of the Clinton investigation/s and has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 17, 2018
In response to growing calls for a second special counsel to probe the Clinton email probe, along with FISA abuses that took place during the 2016 election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in March the appointment of Utah’s top federal prosecutor, John Huber, to probe potential wrongdoing.
It was revealed this week that the Inspector General’s highly-anticipated report was submitted for review.
“Those invited to review the report were told they would have to sign nondisclosure agreements in order to read it, people familiar with the matter said. They are expected to have a few days to craft a response to any criticism in the report, which will then be incorporated in the final version to be released in coming weeks,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
Multiple reports suggest the report will be made public by the end of May.