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FBI, Justice Dept. investigated over Hillary Clinton probes

FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz says he will launch an investigation into the Justice Department and FBI’s actions in the months leading up to the 2016 election, including whether department policies were followed by FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

January 12, 2017

The Justice Department’s inspector general announced Thursday it will undertake a review of FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, including Director James Comey’s public disclosures about the resolution of the case in July as well as his correspondence with Congress just ahead of the presidential election.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced that the review will include allegations that FBI policies were not followed leading up to the public announcement Comey made over the summer, when he announced that while Clinton did mishandle classified information that it couldn’t be proven that she did so intentionally and no charges would be sought.

The review will also look into whether policies were violated when Comey told Congress just two weeks ahead of the November election that the FBI was renewing its investigation into the secret emails as the result of new emails recovered as part of a separate case.

Horowitz also said in a statement issued Thursday that the inspector general’s review will look at allegations that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from participating in certain investigations, we well as allegations that Justice and FBI employees “improperly disclosed non-public information.”

Horowitz said the review was requested by “numerous Chairmen and Ranking Members of Congressional oversight committees, various organizations, and members of the public.”

 

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