On Wednesday, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed that he referred fired FBI Director James Comey for criminal prosecution for leaking information.
“We are required by the [Inspector General] Act to send information that we’ve identified that could plausibly be criminal to the Department of Justice,” Horowitz said.
Washington Times reported:
The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite the conclusion by Mr. Horowitz’s team that he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive but not classified.
Mr. Comey in May 2017 asked a law professor friend to share with The New York Times a memo detailing his conversations with President Trump to pressure the Justice Department to open an investigation of the president.
In a report released last month, Mr. Horowitz wrote that the former FBI director “set a dangerous example” when he shared the memos to push the Justice Department to act.
While Horowitz was testifying to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he stated that Comey’s behavior was extremely concerning.
“Our concern was empowering FBI directors or, frankly, any FBI employee with the authority to decide they are not going to follow established norms and procedures because, in their view, they’ve made a judgment that the individuals they are dealing with can’t be trusted,” he said.
The Washington Times continues:
Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, asked Mr. Horowitz if he would look into allegations Mr. Comey lied during his 2017 Senate testimony. Mr. Meadows said he believes there were “numerous” times when the ex-FBI director’s testimony did not match revelations included in the inspector general report.
Mr. Horowitz said he would look into the matter.
“It is certainly appropriate for us to get a referral about a then-employee of the department and then we would assess it,” he said.
When asked if he knew of another FBI director referred for criminal prosecution, Mr. Horowitz said he did not.
Mr. Horowitz also fielded a few questions about his upcoming investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses by the Justice Department and FBI. He revealed little about his findings, which are expected to be released this month.
The FBI and Justice Department are reviewing his conclusions, Mr. Horowitz said, adding they will decide how much of his findings will be classified.
“That is normal process,” he said.
This revelation comes just after U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu recommended charging former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
McCabe’s legal team stated that they got an email from the Department of Justice that notified them that their appeal had been rejected.
The email read, “The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”
If McCabe were to be prosecuted, he would be the first senior law enforcement official involved with the bogus Russia investigation to be prosecuted.
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