Comey under the microscope
Hillary’s email problems aren’t going away just because the election is over.
A watchdog within the Department of Justice announced Thursday it would be reviewing Director Comey’s investigation into Hillary’s use of a private email account and a homebrewed server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz indicated numerous “Chairmen and Ranking Members of Congressional oversight committees, various organizations, and members of the public” requested the review.
Unlike previous investigations, Director Comey’s role in inspecting Hillary’s emails will be reviewed.
This latest review will focus on five key areas:
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, 2016, and that certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations;
Allegations that 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 investigation won’t nullify any FBI conclusions, says Horowitz. But if new evidence is found, it may be weighed accordingly.
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