Once the darling of the left, FBI Director James Comey, came under fire shortly before the presidential election after he briefly reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private servers as secretary of state. Now, Comey and the bureau are facing misconduct allegations in regard to the Clinton investigation, which are set to be reviewed.
The Washington Post reported:
The Justice Department inspector general will review broad allegations of misconduct involving the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and the bureau’s controversial decision shortly before the election to announce the probe had resumed, the inspector general announced Thursday.
The probe will be wide ranging — encompassing the FBI’s various public statements on the matter, whether its deputy director should have been recused and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information, according to a news release from Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.
Lawmakers and others had called previously for the inspector general to probe the FBI’s pre-election actions when it came to the Clinton probe, alleging that FBI Director James B. Comey bucked long-standing policies with his communications about the case and that information seemed to have leaked inappropriately — perhaps to former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
“The review will not substitute the OIG’s [Office of the Inspector General] judgment for the judgments made by the FBI or the Department regarding the substantive merits of investigative or prosecutive decisions,” Horowitz stated via a news release.
Horowitz wrote that he will dig into “allegations that Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed,” in regard to the letters sent by Comey shortly before the election about the opening and closing of the Clinton investigation after he announced no charges would be recommended in July.
Horowitz added that he would look into “allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information.”
According to the Post, the investigation will dig back to July when Comey announced that there would be no recommendation of charges in the Clinton case:
In that instance, Comey took the unusual action of criticizing Clinton and her aides as “extremely careless” in their treatment of classified material, even as he said no reasonable prosecutor would charge them. His comments drew criticism from some in the legal world who said it was unfair for him to opine on a person he was not giving the opportunity to defend herself in court.
Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation has long been reported as unusual by both sides of the aisle.
It would be nice if the actual Clinton investigation was given as much concern as they seem to be giving about how things were announced and whether or not Comey did things the way they have always been done.