The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General, General Michael Horowitz, has announced an investigation into the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the DOJ in the months preceding the 2016 election.
FBI head James Comey’s infamous letter to Congress just days before the election, which announced the introduction of new evidence in Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, is one focus of the investigation. Many believe this letter (and its timing) to be a component of Hillary Clinton’s loss.
Horowitz and his team will also investigate whether Comey acted improperly in publicly discussing the agency’s findings in the July press conference and whether FBI employees leaked sensitive or otherwise non-public information.
The wide-ranging investigation will also look into the conduct of DOJ employees, some of whom may have also leaked sensitive information to the public. It is unclear at press time whether Loretta Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton in Phoenix is under review.