A new report from foxnews.com says James Comey and Andrew McCabe’s clear bias handling of the Hillary Clinton email case will be exposed when the DOJ’s internal watchdog report is released very soon.
The new Justice Department’s internal watchdog is reportedly expected to hit out at the FBI leaders for moving much too slowly in reviewing a batch of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton that was discovered toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Associated Press offered a glimpse into the contents of the closely held inspector general review, citing ‘people familiar with the findings’ say that the investigation criticizes the bureau for its handling of that incident.
It’s just one piece of the highly anticipated comprehensive report that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has compiled looking into the FBI and DOJ’s conduct during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The handling of that late-campaign email discovery, though, has long been a key issue for officials on both sides of the aisle.
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly criticized then-FBI Director James Comey for notifying Congress that he was revisiting the email investigation less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton claimed that the announcement damaged her campaign in the final leg. But Republicans also want to know why the FBI held back and waited weeks to act on the emails, which were discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
FBI officials, like Andrew McCabe, knew about the emails as early as September 2016, but the FBI waited until the following month to review them.
There are suspicions about whether there was an effort to delay pursuing those Clinton files. The Washington Post first reported in January that Horowitz was investigating whether McCabe wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the presidential election.
Horowitz announced last week that the draft report was finished in a letter to members of Congress. He did not say when the results of the review will be officially released to the FBI, DOJ and congressional committees.
But the inspector general said he has provided a draft report to the Department and the FBI, and requested that they review it to identify any information that should be protected from disclosure.