Just last week a loud, mocking, cynical laughter filled the halls of Congress as FBI Director James Comey testified that he publicly “would never comment on investigations.” But let’s be honest, that laughter signals much more than a little joke among friends. It was a collective cry of “BS” after what many are calling an unprecedented interference of the FBI with a presidential election.
The Inspector General of the Justice Department announced that he has begun investigating “how the FBI and Justice Department handled certain aspects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.” NBC News reports that Justice Department boss, Michael E. Horowitz, will investigate several actions Comey took leading up the election, including his July news conference and two letters sent to Congress addressing the Clinton email situation.
In an official statement, the Justice Department had the following to say:
“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 will initiate a review of allegations regarding certain actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in advance of the 2016 election.”
NBC also reports the following will be aspects of the investigation:
- Allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters;
- Allegations that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters;
- Allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information; and
- Allegations that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI’s release of certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on October 30 and November 1, 2016, and the use of a Twitter account to publicize same, were influenced by improper considerations.
The investigation, while seen as unnecessary to Donald Trump, has received bi-partisan support.