Justice Department Launches Probe Into The FBI, DOJ Actions During The Presidential Campaign

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The Justice Department Inspector General announced it has launche an investigation to examine whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed proper procedures in its probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. The inspector general’s announcement comes amid outcry from Democrats who say Clinton’s loss to President-elect Donald Trump was in part due to Comey's bringing Clinton's emails back into the public spotlight less than two weeks before the 2016 election.

The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General said the probe would focus in part on decisions leading up to public communications by FBI Director James Comey regarding the Clinton investigation, and whether underlying investigative decisions may have been based on "improper considerations." Although the FBI ultimately decided not to refer Clinton’s case for prosecution, Comey aroused suspicion that may have diminished trust in Clinton among voters.

The FBI’s role in Clinton’s unexpected defeat in November has remained a subject of fierce debate — with Comey himself in the middle of the controversy. Clinton's campaign has blamed Comey and the FBI for her loss to President-elect Donald Trump. Eleven days before Election Day, Comey sent a letter to lawmakers telling them investigators had uncovered emails that appeared to be pertinent to the bureau’s probe, considered completed at the time, of Clinton's private email server and her handling of classified material while secretary of State.

The announcement exploded in the final days of the campaign. And with a subsequent letter from Comey, a Republican nominated by Obama to his position, saying the emails had turned up no new evidence did little to quell the storm.

“In the matter of the email investigation, it was our my judgment — my judgment, the rest of the FBI’s judgment — that those were exceptional circumstances where the public needed information,” Comey told the House Judiciary Committee in September.

Critics have called the disclosure an unprecedented break with bureau policy. The FBI typically does not comment publicly on ongoing investigations.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other senior department officials told Comey at the time not to send his letter to lawmakers on Oct. 28 announcing that the Clinton investigation was being reopened. They argued that doing so violated long-standing policy to not undertake anything significant with a major investigation so close to an election if, by doing so, it could affect the results.

Comey proceeded anyway, writing to lawmakers about a fresh trove of e-mails possibly tied to Clinton that needed to be reviewed. But handling of the probe had already been assailed by that point, after Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in late June. Lynch said she and the former president discussed only personal issues, such as their grandchildren, but the private meeting quickly became a pivotal, controversial event in the investigation’s timeline.

The Justice Department watchdog also will investigate allegations that the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign, and whether he should have been recused from participating in certain matters. It also will review whether the FBI’s decision to release certain Freedom of Information Act documents on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 via a Twitter account was influenced by improper considerations.

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Brian Fallon, Clinton's spokesman, told MSNBC on Thursday that Comey's actions "cried out for an independent review." It is the usual practice of prosecutors and law enforcement, including the FBI, not to disclose information about investigations that do not end in criminal charges.

Still, the internal review will not change the outcome of the FBI’s findings in the probe against Clinton, Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz told lawmakers in his announcement of the probe. And as the Hill adds, the probe will also look into allegations made repeatedly by Republicans throughout the FBI’s investigation into Clinton — that officials improperly disclosed nonpublic information to the Clinton campaign; and that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have been recused from the case following reports a Clinton ally donated to his wife’s political campaign.

The referrals came various congressional leaders, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.) on the Republican side, and Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings (Md.), Senate Appropriations Committee ranking member Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking member Tom Carper (Del.) on the Democratic side.

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Horowitz wrote that he will explore “allegations that Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed” in connection with both letters, but his probe will extend beyond that. He wrote that he also will explore “allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information” — which is perhaps a reference to Giuliani, who seemed to claim at one point he had insider FBI knowledge. And Horowitz wrote that his inquiry will extend back to Comey’s July announcement that he was recommending the Clinton base be closed without charges.

The full details of the probe as announced by Horowitz are below:

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 (OIG) will initiate a review of allegations regarding certain actions by the Department of Justice (Department) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in advance of the 2016 election.

 

Cognizant of the scope of the OIG's jurisdiction under Section 8E of the Inspector General Act, the review will examine the following issues:

  • Allegations that Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI Director's public announcement on July 5, 2016, and the Director's letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 201, and that certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations;
  • Allegations 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 review will not substitute the OIG's judgment for the judgments made by the FBI or the Department regarding the substantive merits of investigative or prosecutive decisions.  

 

Finally, if circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.

So is this the final action of a desperate-to-maintain-his-legacy Obama administration to ensure this topic never goes away and that the blame for Hillary's loss is placed anywhere, except on her and her campaign.

The White House has - obviously - denied any involvement in this 11th hour decision by the Obama administration to further cast blame on someone else but Hillary for losing the election:

“Decisions that are made by inspectors general across the administration
are independent," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
“Hopefully they will follow the evidence where it leads.

Finally, for those asking, Horowitz is an Obama appointee who has been a consistent Democratic donor over the years, including donations to Clinton's Senate bid, as well as longtime Clinton ally Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). 

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I'm Broke AF's picture

Burn the witch at the stake!

ghengis86's picture

throw her and lowretta into a lake.  if they float, push them back down.  if they sink, leave them there.  either way, they're witches. bitchez...

BaBaBouy's picture

Thought They were Gone, Huh ???
Hallery V5.2 ...

NoDebt's picture

All this shit is backfiring on them.  The "Russian kompmat dossier on Trump" was a major fuck up.  That didn't have the desired effect and is blowing up in their faces.  The MSM "Fake News" meme absolutely boomeranged on them bigly.

There is reason for some hope in all of this.  The usual shit that always worked is losing effectiveness.  They just keep upping the dosage to compensate, but it's getting to be like an antibiotic that just don't work any more due to widespread over-use.

 

 

knukles's picture

Holy Shit!
Live by the Lie, you Die by the Lie
Our secrets make us sick.

NoDebt:  The old Propaganda isn't working not because of the volume, but because the Sheeple are Awakening.

Yes, even the Progs.  They know how bad it is and what's going on is embarrassing. 
Everybody (Almost) Knows.

Jim Sampson's picture

So everyone is probing everyone?  Sounds like a bunch of white noise... probably to tune us out.

 

nice little video I saw today:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7vaw3AY6u0

froze25's picture

Evil Witch should be in Prison.

knukles's picture

"This is a big fucking deal, Mr President"
                - VP Joe Biden

I mean Mr TRump has not yet been sworn in and the MSM asks Kelly what the Trump effect has been?
WTF?

froze25's picture

The DOJ and the inspector General should be focused on what was reveled by the Podesta Emails on Wikileaks, this and the whole Russian Bull shit is nothing more than a distraction.

chunga's picture

When the *real* investigation begins the first subpoena goes to Eric Braverman.

Joe Davola's picture

Washington "invetigations" never end - they exist to allow some unfounded allegations to remain in the background noise for election cycle after election cycle.  They also exist to employ lawyers out of work when the admistrations change.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Joe Davola Jan 12, 2017 3:03 PM

I'm sure the IG would have probed Hillary Clinton but just the thought of that proceedure was probably too nasty and disqusting for him.

 

American Liberal's picture

All you folks are missing the point. My gal, HRC, will come out of this looking better than ever. Watch as it is *proven* the email issue was handled improperly. Watch as your guy is (further) shown to be an illegitimate winner. Game on!

American Liberal's picture

That is a tragedy. I can't imagine losing 6 of 9 kids. I can't even imagine losing one child. I sure hope it doesn't come out that this was a group of Trump's boosters looking for fun, looking for payback from Chicago.

jeff montanye's picture

social mood has spoken: the "tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune."

he was repetitive in that first press conference but if i worked for the cia i'd be scared.  that has never come out of a press conference even when jfk was in office.  i hope president trump has excellent private security as well.

this is getting exciting.

American Liberal's picture

That press conference showed his inexperience. Nothing more, nothing less. It sure didn't change anyone's mind.

espirit's picture

Look, I'm tired of wrestling with the tards in the outer circle.

Set the Thunderdome up for 'Fight Night'.

Meat Hammer's picture

You should've chosen the red pill.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Meat Hammer Jan 12, 2017 7:55 PM

(Pst...Was that the one with the arsnic?)

 

treefeller's picture

My favorite moments of POTUS fails, of which the entirety of this mans years in office are replete.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA

Prayer breakfast with Dr. Ben Carson and Constitutional Scholar, President Obama. If you watch carefully during his speech, Michelle "Man Hands" Obama claps right in Potus ears. Eventually you can watch him tire of this behavior and you know damned right well that one of them walked home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpu5uN5nAa4

In this one, Lanny Bruer explains how they depended on experts as to whether or not the Feds could prosecute fraud, because, you know, it's pretty fucking tough. He was let go the day after this aired and Holder ran out the clock on the statue of limitations while not pressing charges against these criminals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGm492qVEzA

Ghadafi gets his shit handed to him and the Middle is ignited as Christians are killed en masse, and sectarian violence explodes leaving, plausibly millions dead in it's wake. Courtesy of the Clinton archives. You know, your gal in waiting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL1Yr2uK940

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qn2_pXxJWw

Because you Dems could not find the intestinal fortitude to prosecute these frauds and instead voted to bail them out.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/cummings-staffer-in-critical-condition-...

And to your snarky comment about that house fire that killed six children, that family is one of yours. She was a staffer for Elijah Cummings in his Baltimore office. You sir, are a complete moron and should take your fart glitter somewhere else.

treefeller's picture

My favorite moments of POTUS fails, of which the entirety of this mans years in office are replete.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA

Prayer breakfast with Dr. Ben Carson and Constitutional Scholar, President Obama. If you watch carefully during his speech, Michelle "Man Hands" Obama claps right in Potus ears. Eventually you can watch him tire of this behavior and you know damned right well that one of them walked home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpu5uN5nAa4

In this one, Lanny Bruer explains how they depended on experts as to whether or not the Feds could prosecute fraud, because, you know, it's pretty fucking tough. He was let go the day after this aired and Holder ran out the clock on the statue of limitations while not pressing charges against these criminals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGm492qVEzA

Ghadafi gets his shit handed to him and the Middle is ignited as Christians are killed en masse, and sectarian violence explodes leaving, plausibly millions dead in it's wake. Courtesy of the Clinton archives. You know, your gal in waiting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL1Yr2uK940

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qn2_pXxJWw

Because you Dems could not find the intestinal fortitude to prosecute these frauds and instead voted to bail them out.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/cummings-staffer-in-critical-condition-...

And to your snarky comment about that house fire that killed six children, that family is one of yours. She was a staffer for Elijah Cummings in his Baltimore office. You sir, are a complete moron and should take your fart glitter somewhere else.

Chuck Walla's picture

Seriously? She will still be the loser and Trump the new Preezy Prez.  Makes me all warm and fuzzy like.

bookofenoch's picture

How do you serve a subpoena on a dead guy? Anyone seen Braverman alive since Oct?

The Gun Is Good's picture

8 days left... So is this an attempt to bring Comey 'n' the gang up on some charges, then have Obitchma pardon at the last minute? Then, Comey 'n' the gang are untouchable from future prosecution / can't testify against Shitlary, Obitchma, etc. (double jeopardy, etc.)? (I'm obviously not a law guy; please help a brother out here....)

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"The Justice Department Inspector General announced it has launche an investigation to examine whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed proper procedures in its probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server."~

Talk about a day late and a special prosecutor short. Did I miss the part where Loretta Lynch recused herself just once? Nope, 'cuz it didn't happen. I pray they fry her, Jeh Johnson, eric Holder and Comey all together. They're all dirtier than a hog's dick.

espirit's picture

No digital proof of life from Assange since that time either. 

Recent interviews are proven cgi constructs.

IndyPat's picture

Wrapped one to many layers of foil on the grape, lad.
Dude is alive.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

<<< Comey stays

<<< Comey goes

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) froze25 Jan 12, 2017 2:38 PM

Never mind those 650,000 emails found on Weiner/Huma laptop.

That should have been kept a secret so the demonic psycho could have won.

froze25's picture

I am still waiting to find out where that goes. Eric Prince said on a Breitbart interview that a source told him it had black mail material that was composed of Pedophilia shit. Eric Prince was the Founder of Black Water Security and doesn't have a record of Bull shitting.

American Liberal's picture

The emails were planted. Huma sure didn't put them there, and if she had she would *never* have labled the file "insurance". Way to obvious. It was a plant by some of Trump's team.

I know you guys all believe the NSA can plant kiddie porn on a computer to frame enemies of the state. Same thing happened here. Kiddie porn planted as a pretext to examine Weiner's laptop. Perfect excuse to *find* what they already knew was there.

It was all a set-up to frame Hillary. Watch as this unfolds. The truth shall set you free!

Onan_the_Barbarian's picture

LOL.  Everything bad from here on in is to be blamed on those dastardly NSA hackers.  No, Russian hackers.  No, Macedonian hackers. 

Doesn't matter.  All hackers.

 

Chuck Walla's picture

Man, are you that insult dog thing? Really need to kick up the material, this is just a cringer of an effort.

Muddy1's picture

Exactly, this is OBAMA'S DOJ not Trump's.  Maybe Barry wants to finish her off once and for all.

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

I can't wait to see how they all exonerate each other.  

 

They are simply initiating the process now before Obama leaves office in oder to pre-empt Trump enacting this once he gets in office.  They are trying to set the table with the right people in each seat before the dinner starts in order to control the dinner conversation.

 

Gotta love D.C.  There must be a whole lot more to all of this.  Would suggest that Trump start digging every which way possible as soon as he takes seat in office.  If so watch the shit fly.  The CIA will launch an all out crusade to get him to stop.  

 

This may get 'real', real soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Chupacabra-322's picture

More distractions. You can buy tickets at ticket master for the Political Theater Event because we're Absolutely, Completely Lawless.

And, nothing will happen. No arrests.

froze25's picture

I hope that changes, 7 days and 10 hours to go. Then I give Pres. Trump 100 days to show some progress to restoring Law and Order.

HowdyDoody's picture

OMG! Journalists have investigated the alleged golden shower episode in the Russian hotel and it's true. The evidence is incontrovertible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwEBSuM-sa8