For the last year, the inspector general of the Department of Justice has been conducting a review of the actions undertook by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice during their inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s use of an unencrypted private email server while serving as the US Secretary of State.
While a final report is expected to be released within the next several months, the Department of Justice will be forced to release many records related to the investigation of the inspector general.
The initial release is expected to be coming very soon, according to House Judiciary Chairman, Republican Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.
Goodlatte stated during a committee hearing in December that the Department of Justice has committed to turning over a vast amount of the records that were reviewed during the course of the investigation by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
This release, the chairman stated, was due by January 15th and will contain some of the 1.2 million documents the inspector general has poured over during his team’s inquiry.
“[The IG is] doing a thorough job that folks across the political spectrum will be interested in,” Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch stated.
So far, the investigation has examined a wide assortment of allegations, including why FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe decided not to recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton investigation given his familial ties to the Democrats until the week before the November election.
The investigation is also looking at former FBI Director James Comey’s bias in announcing that he would not recommend prosecution over Hillary’s email server containing classified emails, stating that she was extremely careless.
In Comey’s original statement to the public he stated, “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
In finding that she “didn’t intend” to break the law, he concluded that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against her for this.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz also is reviewing whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the probe early because of his family’s ties to the Democratic Party. (He did not do so until a week before the election.)
Horowitz was responsible for the release of the Strzok texts, although he later commented on the lack of consultation, the DOJ stated that this was not the case.
“IG had no objection to release to Congress. We then consulted senior career legal/ethics experts to determine there were no issues w releasing texts to either Congress or press, ” Flores wrote. The OIG released another statement on Friday night that echoed the points Horowitz made in his letter.
Michael Horowitz told lawmakers in a congressional hearing in November 2017 that he was expecting to release the full report in March or April, stating that they were moving quickly with the report. This is in contrast to the previous administration’s stonewalling of the inspector general.
A New York Post report highlighted the plight of the inspector generals during the Obama administration. It has progressed to a point that the two thirds of the inspector generals had sent a letter to Congress decrying the Obama administration stonewalling.
“It’s transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs,” the report read. The open letter stated that they needed Congress’ help in holding the administration accountable to the 1978 Inspector General Act.
The report also highlighted exactly where some of the more egregious curtailments were occurring, “‘serious limitations on access to records that have recently impeded the work’ of IGs at the Peace Corps, the EPA and the Department of Justice, and jeopardized their ‘ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner.'”