Inspector General Reportedly Gearing Up to Release Scathing Assessment on James Comey
The much-anticipated Inspector General report will likely be very rough on fired FBI Director James Comey, according to sources.
Although the exact release date of the IG report on Comey is unknown, it is expected to be released very soon.
Sources tell TIME Magazine, Comey faces a punishing report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Horowitz is currently investigating the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s investigation into her private server and mishandling of classified information.
This particular IG report on Comey will focus on his misconduct over the Hillary investigation.
The Justice Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, will soon release a much-anticipated assessment of Democratic and Republican charges that officials at the FBI interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign. That year-long probe, sources familiar with it tell TIME, is expected to come down particularly hard on former FBI director James Comey, who is currently on a high-profile book tour. It will likely find that Comey breached Justice Department protocols in a July 5, 2016, press conference when he criticized Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as Secretary of State even as he cleared her of any crimes, the sources say. The report is expected to also hit Comey for the way he reopened the Clinton email probe less than two weeks before the election, the sources say.
The Inspector General released a scathing report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in mid-April.
The report by the Office of Inspector General criticized McCabe for “lack of candor” regarding his disclosure to Wall Street Journal reporters before the 2016 election.
McCabe lied at least three times under oath, he lied to the Inspector General and lied to James Comey.
As a result of these investigations and reports, Andrew McCabe has been criminally referred to the Justice Department twice.
Inspector General Horowitz opened a separate investigation into James Comey on April 20th over classified information stemming from his memo leaks.
The release date of the IG report on Comey’s memo leaks is unknown at this time.
Unfortunately without an active Attorney General, the criminal referrals remain stagnant.