(Mirror Daily, United States) – On Wednesday, the inspector general announced that he has started an investigation into the way the FBI and Department of Justice have handled the Clinton probes during last year’s presidential race.
IG Michael Horowitz hopes to complete the investigation by next spring. He added that the probe is moving fast and that “dozens of people” have been interviewed.
The official made the remarks during a hearing in front of the House Oversight Committee. He also disclosed that his team had sifted through 1.2 million records during the probe.
A final report should be ready by March or April 2018, but there may be delays if new revelations appear. Horowitz unveiled that classified info has been reviewed and that former government officials should undergo re-checks for their security clearance.
Horwitz’ team is mainly interested in whether former FBI director James Comey followed the DOJ’s policies when he handled the probe into then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s handling of government e-mail via a private server.
Comey shocked America when he confirmed that there was an ongoing investigation into the issue just to go public and clear Clinton shortly after. Comey justified the latest move by citing corruption at the FBI’s upper management levels. He reportedly feared his probe would have been corrupted too.
Comey Ousted by Trump
President Donald Trump fired Comey in May for the way he handled the Clinton probe, but the ousted FBI chief thinks his firing was related to the investigation into the alleged Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted Comey for being too outspoken about that probe into Russia during a congressional hearing in March.
“Mr. Comey talked more than he should,”
Sessions told House Intelligence Committee.
In March, Comey confirmed the existence of the investigation although it was against the DOJ’s rules to do it.
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