(National Sentinel) Justice Delayed: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report on the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s [mis]handling of classified emails is finally set for release today.
Horowitz was tasked with this investigation more than 15 months ago, in January 2017 — even before POTUS Trump took office.
We already know that he’s found evidence to suggest that both the FBI and Justice Department broke laws during their investigation.
But we also know that Horowitz was being pressured — by Rod Rosenstein? — to change elements of his report, perhaps to protect the guilty.
We won’t know what the report says until it’s actually released.
That said, Wednesday evening Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up and said that if warranted by what’s contained in the report, there will be more firings at the FBI and Justice.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that more firings are possible following the release of a forthcoming Department of Justice report of an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
“If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so,” Sessions told The Hill’s Buck Sexton.
The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Thursday will release a 500-page report of an investigation into the FBI’s handling of former Secretary of State Clinton’s email investigation.
The report is expected to be heavily critical of former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Comey, who was fired on May 9, 2017, will reportedly be criticized for his public statement on July 5, 2016 announcing the closure of the Clinton email probe. Lynch will reportedly be dinged over a meeting she had with former President Bill Clinton on an airplane in Phoenix in late-June 2016.
McCabe has already been criticized by the OIG for authorizing an FBI official to leak information about the Clinton investigation to a Wall Street Journal reporter in October 2016. McCabe allegedly falsely claimed in interviews with FBI and DOJ investigators that he did not authorize the leaks.
Sessions accepted Horowitz’s earlier recommendation to fire McCabe two days before he was set to retire for serial lies he told to investigators.
Horowitz has since referred McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., for criminal prosecution over those lies.
And that’s the kind of justice we’d like to see more of.
Firing someone who needs to be fired is good insofar as that goes. But there’s been a lot of nefarious behavior by a lot of people within the FBI and Justice regarding Spygate.
It’s encouraging to hear the attorney general say this. But whether or not he’ll follow up remains to be seen.
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