The Justice Department Just Announced an Investigation Into the FBI’s Actions in the 2016 Campaign

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The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Justice has announced a “wide-ranging” inquiry into actions by the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the lead-up to the November 8 election.

The investigation will cover “allegations that the department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed in connection with or in actions leading up to” FBI Director James Comey’s communications to the public and to Congress regarding the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. This will include his “public announcement on July 5, 2016” as well as his letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, according to a statement from the OIG.

Comey came under heavy fire from Democrats and Clinton supporters for his eleventh-hour letter to Congress regarding the Clinton investigation, rejuvenating news reports on the topic on the eve of the election.

Clinton and others in her circle, and some in the press, have blamed the negative publicity, as well as Putin’s clandestine influence, on Clinton’s upset loss November 8.

Also investigated will be “allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters”

“Allegations that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs improperly disclosed info to the Clinton campaign”

And “Allegations that the Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information”

The OIG will also look into whether a the timing of the release of documents under the Freedom of Information Action, and tweeted about on October 30 and November 1, was “influenced by improper considerations,” reads the statement from the Inspector General.

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Those tweets, sent from the FBI Records Vault in between Comey’s revelation and his effectively rescinding it one week later, seemed to have an ulterior motive to many, as they concerned the two candidates for POTUS. The subject of the October 30 release was Fred C Trump, Donald’s late father, and on November 1 the account tweeted out records from Clinton’s State Department tenure.

FBI officials said at the time that FOIA requests are processed at a pace according with the requirements of law, and that the tweets were not constructive.

The post The Justice Department Just Announced an Investigation Into the FBI’s Actions in the 2016 Campaign appeared first on U.S. Uncut.

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