The Office of Inspector General on Tuesday released its findings of misconduct by a then-senior FBI official for having numerous unauthorized contacts with the media, and for accepting unauthorized gifts from members of the media.
A senior FBI official had numerous unauthorized contacts with members of the media between January and November 2016 in violation of FBI policy.
The FBI official also received tickets to black-tie dinners, had unauthorized lunches, dinners and other social engagements with reporters.
“The OIG investigation substantiated the allegation that the Senior FBI Official had numerous unauthorized contacts with the media from 2014 through 2016, in violation of FBI policy. In addition to substantive communications with reporters, this media contact included unauthorized social engagements outside of FBI Headquarters involving drinks, lunches, and dinners,” the OIG report said.
“The OIG also found that the Senior FBI Official violated federal regulations and FBI policy when the Senior FBI Official accepted tickets from members of the media to two black tie dinner events, one valued at $225 and the other valued at $300, and received transportation to one event from a reporter, all without prior authorization.”
According to the OIG, the FBI official retired before the OIG contacted them for an interview.
When contacted for an interview, the FBI official declined and the OIG was not authorized to compel testimony.
“The OIG does not have the authority to compel or subpoena testimony from former Department employees, including those who retire or resign during the course of an OIG investigation.”