The Inspector General at the Department of Justice is putting the finishing touches on his official report detailing the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server; announcing officials will begin receiving the material as early as this week.
According to the Washington Post, Inspector General Michael Horowitz has reportedly wrapped up his probe into the FBI’s botched investigation into whether the former Secretary of State broke the law when mishandling classified information.
“The report is expected to blast former FBI director James B. Comey for various steps he took in the investigation, particularly his announcing in July — without telling his Justice Department bosses what he was about to say — that the FBI was recommending that Clinton not be charged, and for revealing to Congress just weeks before the presidential election that the bureau had resumed its work, people familiar with the matter said,” writes the Washington Post.
Horowitz began his investigation into Comey’s Hillary probe in January 2017, following new questions over the former bureau boss’s relationship with senior Obama officials and illegal leaking from inside the agency.
Read the full report here.
'NOT HELPFUL': Secret Email Shows Strzok ‘WORRIED’ About Hillary Probe
Recently released emails show anti-Trump DOJ official Peter Strzok worried that former President Barack Obama’s public comments would impact the public’s perception of the ongoing Hillary email investigation.
According to Fox News, the communications show Strzok was highly concerned that the President’s statement was “not helpful” and warned the White House “there is a line they need to hold.”
“Below not helpful,” Strzok wrote to top FBI counterintelligence official. “Certainly the WH is going to do whatever it wants, but there is a line they need to hold with regard to the appearance of non-interference.”
The emails echo similar comments made in James Comey’s new tell-all book, where the former FBI chief claims Obama “jeopardized” the Hillary probe by making comments that caused many to question the administration’s role in the investigation.
“Contributing to this problem, regrettably, was President Obama. He had jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibility in the investigation,” writes Comey.
CLINTON COLLUSION: Texts Show FBI Agents ‘PULLED PUNCHES’ in Hillary’s Email Probe
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley sent a scathing letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday, demanding answers after newly released texts show the bureau was “pulling punches” from Hillary Clinton’s email probe as early as February 2016.
Grassley’s fired-off the incendiary memo to the FBI chief after the Department of Justice magically found five months’ worth of text messages exchanged between anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page.
One particular message stunningly suggests that the agency was going easy on the former Secretary of State; saying the FBI was aware that she would likely “be our next President” and would “remember” those involved in the investigation of her use of a private email server to handle classified material.
“One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?” asked Page on February 25, 2016.
“Agreed,” replied Strzok. “I called Bill and relayed what we discussed. He agrees. I will email you and [redacted] same.”
According to the Daily Caller, “Bill” is most likely a reference to Bill Priestap, the FBI’s head of counter-intelligence.
“Has the FBI performed any voluntary searches of Strzok or Page’s non-government phones or email accounts to determine whether federal records exist? Please explain why or why not?” asked Grassley.
Read the Senator’s scathing letter here.