IG Horowitz Finds FBI, DOJ Broke Law In Clinton Probe, Refers To Prosecutor For Criminal Charges

Aa long-awaited report by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog into the Hillary Clinton email investigation has moved into its final phase, as the DOJ notified multiple subjects mentioned in the document that they can privately review it by week’s end, and will have a “few days” to craft any response to criticism contained within the report, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Those invited to review the report were told they would have to sign nondisclosure agreements in order to read it, people familiar with the matter said. They are expected to have a few days to craft a response to any criticism in the report, which will then be incorporated in the final version to be released in coming weeks. –WSJ

Now, journalist Paul Sperry reports that “IG Horowitz has found “reasonable grounds” for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s and has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”


Sperry also noted on Twitter that the FBI and DOJ had been targeting former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn before his December 2016 phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, stemming from photos of Flynn at a December 2015 Moscow event with Vladimir Putin (and Jill Stein).

Who is Huber?

As we reported in March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed John Huber – Utah’s top federal prosecutor, to be paired with IG Horowitz to investigate the multitude of accusations of FBI misconduct surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The announcement came one day after Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed that he will also be investigating allegations of FBI FISA abuse.

While Huber’s appointment fell short of the second special counsel demanded by Congressional investigators and concerned citizens alike, his appointment and subsequent pairing with Horowitz is notable – as many have pointed out that the Inspector General is significantly limited in his abilities to investigate. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) noted in March “the IG’s office does not have authority to compel witness interviews, including from past employees, so its investigation will be limited in scope in comparison to a Special Counsel investigation,”

Sessions’ pairing of Horowitz with Huber keeps the investigation under the DOJ’s roof and out of the hands of an independent investigator.

Who is Michael Horowitz?

In January, we profiled Michael Horowitz based on thorough research assembled by independent investigators. For those who think the upcoming OIG report is just going to be “all part of the show” – take pause; there’s a good chance this is an actual happening, so you may want to read up on the man whose year-long investigation may lead to criminal charges against those involved.

In short – Horowitz went to war with the Obama Administration to restore the OIG’s powers – and didn’t get them back until Trump took office.

Horowitz was appointed head of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in April, 2012 – after the Obama administration hobbled the OIG’s investigative powers in 2011 during the “Fast and Furious” scandal. The changes forced the various Inspectors General for all government agencies to request information while conducting investigations, as opposed to the authority to demand it. This allowed Holder (and other agency heads) to bog down OIG requests in bureaucratic red tape, and in some cases, deny them outright.

What did Horowitz do? As one twitter commentators puts it, he went to war

In March of 2015, Horowitz’s office prepared a report for Congress  titled Open and Unimplemented IG Recommendations. It laid the Obama Admin bare before Congress – illustrating among other things how the administration was wasting tens-of-billions of dollars by ignoring the recommendations made by the OIG.

After several attempts by congress to restore the OIG’s investigative powers, Rep. Jason Chaffetz successfully introduced H.R.6450 – the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 – signed by a defeated lame duck President Obama into law on December 16th, 2016cementing an alliance between Horrowitz and both houses of Congress. 

1) Due to the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, the OIG has access to all of the information that the target agency possesses. This not only includes their internal documentation and data, but also that which the agency externally collected and documented.

See here for a complete overview of the OIG’s new and restored powers. And while the public won’t get to see classified details of the OIG report, Mr. Horowitz is also big on public disclosure:

Horowitz’s efforts to roll back Eric Holder’s restrictions on the OIG sealed the working relationship between Congress and the Inspector General’s ofice, and they most certainly appear to be on the same page. Moreover, FBI Director Christopher Wray seems to be on the same page as well. Click here and keep scrolling for that and more insight into what’s going on behind the scenes.

Here’s a preview:

 

Which brings us back to the OIG report expected by Congress a week from Monday.

On January 12 of last year, Inspector Horowitz announced an OIG investigation based on “requests from numerous Chairmen and Ranking Members of Congressional oversight committees, various organizations (such as Judicial Watch?), and members of the public.”

The initial focus ranged from the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, to whether or not Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe should have been recused from the investigation (ostensibly over $700,000 his wife’s campaign took from Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe around the time of the email investigation), to potential collusion with the Clinton campaign and the timing of various FOIA releases.

On July 27, 2017 the House Judiciary Committee called on the DOJ to appoint a Special Counsel, detailing their concerns in 14 questions pertaining to “actions taken by previously public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” 

The questions range from Loretta Lynch directing Mr. Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the Clinton investigation, Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and the (mis)handling of her email investigation by the FBI, the DOJ’s failure to empanel a grand jury to investigate Clinton, and questions about the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, and whether the FBI relied on the “Trump-Russia” dossier created by Fusion GPS. 

 

On September 26, 2017, The House Judiciary Committee repeated their call to the DOJ for a special counsel, pointing out that former FBI Director James Comey lied to Congress when he said that he decided not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton until after she was interviewed, when in fact Comey had drafted her exoneration before said interview.

And now, the OIG report can tie all of this together – as it will solidify requests by Congressional committees, while also satisfying a legal requirement for the Department of Justice to impartially appoint a Special Counsel.

As illustrated below by TrumpSoldier, the report will go from the Office of the Inspector General to both investigative committees of Congress, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and is expected within weeks.

DOJ Flowchart, Courtesy @DaveNYviii

Once congress has reviewed the OIG report, the House and Senate Judiciary Committees will use it to supplement their investigations, which will result in hearings with the end goal of requesting or demanding a Special Counsel investigation. The DOJ can appoint a Special Counsel at any point, or wait for Congress to demand one. If a request for a Special Counsel is ignored, Congress can pass legislation to force an the appointment.

And while the DOJ could act on the OIG report and investigate / prosecute themselves without a Special Counsel, it is highly unlikely that Congress would stand for that given the subjects of the investigation.

After the report’s completion, the DOJ will weigh in on it. Their comments are key. As TrumpSoldier points out in his analysis, the DOJ can take various actions regarding “Policy, personnel, procedures, and re-opening of investigations. In short, just about everything (Immunity agreements can also be rescinded).

Meanwhile, recent events appear to correspond with bullet points in both the original OIG investigation letter and the 7/27/2017 letter forwarded to the Inspector General: 

With the wheels set in motion last week seemingly align with Congressional requests and the OIG mandate, and the upcoming OIG report likely to serve as a foundational opinion, the DOJ will finally be empowered to move forward with an impartially appointed Special Counsel.

via www.zerohedge.com

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11 comments

  1. It seems the seriousness of this coup attempt is not realized by many Americans at this point because the main stream media refuses to speak of what has gone on to this point and that it is not over yet. But why is that the case? Because that MSM is a part of the bloodless coup d’etat attempt now being attempted by the oppressive socialists posing as democrats. However, they may very well soon be exposed for what they really are. It appears IG Horowitz may soon answer many questions concerning this obvious conspiracy. That we now know for sure!

    Could it be these oppressive socialists posing as democrats thought they would remain in power and get that transformation Obama promised and transform America into a socialist nation with an eye on communism as the final goal? Everything seems to point to exactly that. If so what was the reason it failed besides now president Trump? What is the one thing that has been pushed time and time again during the last eight years? “Gun regulation.” There was a hope of it leading to confiscation. Because that was the real goal and has been the goal all along. They knew if they could not control the guns they could not control the people. However, along with that promised fundamental transformation came another promise of a federal police force just as well funded, trained and equipped as the US military. Since the force for taking over this nation lies in the intelligence agencies it does appear he got his police force at least partially established. The FBI and DOJ are obviously agencies that need to be purged of all obama henchmen. Undoubtedly the NSA and CIA should also be closely scrutinized for henchmen as well.

    1. You are correct in saying that this coup attempt is not realized by many Americans and that is solely due to the corrupt MSM. They fail to report stories favoring Trump and the strides he has made. I have an older aunty who watches the “news” every night but she only watches MSM and not FOX news so she only know the bullshit that she is fed by the corrupt MSM. And I can just see that for many people across the US. How do you inform people of the truth when they think they are already getting the story from MSM? What a shame. As they say, the synonym for democrats is collective stupid. These folks need to WAKE UP. Get informed about what is happening with our corrupt FBI and DOJ.

      1. You make an excellent point in that some people do not receive satellite even. Mostly I presume because of cost. Because satellite makes it available nearly everywhere that makes cost the problem. That is certainly to bad for the nation not just the people. Every legitimate news broadcast is on either cable of satellite.

        The MSM consists of NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS and I understand CNBC. Some of them also are not available locally. The only truthful stations that do try to reveal both sides to a large degree are FOX, NewsMax and the Blaze. Although since JD Hayworth is no longer on NewsMax I no longer tune it in. The Blaze with Glenn Beck has gone down hill to the point it has lost most of its audience. So in the final analysis it is FOX’s two stations News and Business that provide unbiased news although some of the hosts like Lou Dobbs and Shawn Hannity lean conservative. However, they do try to cover both sides just not to the left’s satisfaction.

        Consequently, half the nation does not get the whole news but a left bias perspective. That I am certain is why so many support the left which is no longer actually democrats but socialists. Because of the news situation many democrats do not understand that nearly all the former democrats party is no longer as the party was 50 years ago when JFK was alive.

  2. Why do I get the feeling that nothing will come of this?
    Could it be that no one in Washington D.C. has the courage to prosecute a former First Lady and two former presidents and most everyone in Washington D.C.?
    Nah, it’s much easier to remove Trump from office and return to the normal obama Clinton cabal corruption.

    1. I agree, I think many people in power, both in congress and in the judiciary, are afraid of the civil unrest that will occur from the left if any of their messiahs are arrested and prosecuted. The only reason Obama got away with all of the unlawful and unconstitutional acts he carried out, was the same fear from the same people.

  3. IF AG SESSIONS DOES NOT APPOINT A SPECIAL PROSECUTER ON THIS, HE SHOULD BE FIRED AND REPLACED, AND FURTHER THE DEPUTY AG SUSPOENDED PEN DING INVESTIGATION ON HIM FOR PROSECUTION. ACTION MUST BE TAKEN. IF NOT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD TAKE ACTION AND CLEAN THE DECK..INCLUDING MUELLER.

  4. Sessions is DEEP STATE protector. He needs to go NOW. He has hurt President Trump more than the other corrupt players b y not wanting to prosecute any of his Buddies and accomplices. I believe he is one of the Moles that was a plant from day one against the President. I will keep touting Gregg Jarrett to replace Sessions and Rudy to replace Christopher Wray (useless also). Jarrett and Rudy have gigantic PUMPS and they will DRAIN THE SWAMP pronto.

  5. Don’t hold your breath on this one folks. This will also fizzle out unless they are the scapegoats that will be forced to take the rap for Hillary.

  6. Talk, talk, talk and more talk! When are we going to see some arrests? We all know (or should know) that the Clinton’s, Obama’s and all their henchmen are guilty as hell of treason, money laundering and outright corruption! The American People demand and deserve justice, it’s time to really make America Great Again. No more talk, we need action!

  7. It is clear to me that the full report should be published with data footmarked with comments to be changed or deleted by name and agency.

  8. We can rail our outrages against all the walls on Earth, but many of us are also missing THIS POINT: These Leftists, these Progressives who call themselves Socialists and Globalists are….(DRUM ROLL) nothing but Newly-Spawned Communists, and we’d better start calling them what they actually ARE. And one more minor, but “irky” thing: Let’s ALL just STOP calling Hollywood and the Easterners “The Elite”. Because we Deplorables are educated and have $ too! So how about we start calling them “The Entitled”? Because that’s what they REALLY are.
    ALSO – I was just emailed by some Left Wing blog which salivated over and bet our President would be assassinated before his Second Term in Office, asking for “comments”. So here were mine:
    “WELL! And as it turns out — THANK GOD, OR THANK EVERYMAN, OR THANK THE BIRDS IN THE TREES OR THE FISH IN THE SEA, — THANK ANYONE AND EVERYTHING FOR Donald John Trump, the selfless MAN OF THE PEOPLE and BEACON OF LIGHT for the BENEFIT OF THIS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, who is almost singlehandedly (with 1-1/2 arms tied behind his back) still trying like HELL to save not only the individual man and woman, but even the collective lost, of our beloved country from the insidious, rotten, dehumanizing, controlling powers of Socialistic/Communistic thinking, a man who has been and still IS trying against all odds to make the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WELL AGAIN, STRONG AGAIN, SAFE AGAIN — and GREAT AGAIN.”

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