WASHINGTON — A soon-to-be released report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to take issue with the FBI and DoJ’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to CNN.
In June 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced at a press conference that the Bureau would not recommend that Clinton be charged for having sent and received classified information on the private server.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch agreed with Comey’s recommendation and closed the investigation.
Several days before Comey’s announcement, Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton aboard a private plane on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport. Lynch was heavily criticized for creating what appeared to be an impression of impropriety and later said that she had merely engaged in a social visit, talking about grandchildren.
Comey told Congress last year that the revelation of the meeting is what motivated him to tell the public that Clinton would not be charged. Comey told Congress that Lynch directed him to refer to the probe as a “matter” rather than an “investigation” and that that gave him a “queasy feeling.”
Eleven days before the presidential election, Comey sent a letter to several congressional committees announcing that the FBI was reopening the Clinton email investigation after having discovered more than 600,000 emails of interest in an unrelated probe.
Two days before the election, Comey announced that the second probe reaffirmed his original decision not to charge Clinton.
Clinton has blamed Comey and a host of other parties for her defeat by President Donald Trump.
CNN reported that IG report is expected to take issue with former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s handling of the Clinton probe. McCabe is accused of lying to FBI agents about media leaks regarding the agency’s investigation. In April, the IG sent federal prosecutors a criminal referral.
McCabe has said he did not lie to investigators. He has requested immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony at a Senate hearing scheduled for Monday.
Trump fired McCabe in March after an IG report recommended his dismissal.
The president has questioned McCabe’s ability to be impartial in the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe. McCabe’s wife, Jill, is a former Virginia State Senate candidate and a political ally of Clinton.