UPDATED 10:38 AM PT — Wed. June 13, 2018
A report detailing the potential misconduct perpetrated by the top officials in the Obama-era FBI will soon be released.
On Thursday, the Department of Justice inspector general is expected to drop his bombshell review of the bureau’s handling of the Clinton email probe and the initial days of the Russia investigation.
Back in January of 2017, Inspector General Michael Horowitz started the probe after members of Congress and watchdog groups called for an independent investigation.
Sources familiar with a draft of the report say the document is a scathing indictment of former Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and other federal officials.
According to the draft, Comey is heavily criticized for disregarding DOJ protocol and reopening Hillary Clinton’s email probe amid the election.
“Insubordinate” and “defiant” were some choice words used to describe Comey, referring to when he released the letter to Congress about jump-starting the investigation and failing to the inform the DOJ about the move.
Comey also gets chastised for recommending no charges for Clinton, essentially usurping the attorney general’s authority to bring a criminal indictment.
“I have to step, as much as I like her, I have to step away from her, and show the American people the FBI’s work separately,” Comey once stated.
The draft is also expected to go after Loretta Lynch for suspiciously taking up Comey’s unauthorized recommendation to not impose criminal charges on Hillary, especially after engaging in the infamous tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton while the email probe was still ongoing.
The former director has long defended his decisions during his tenure, but has made conflicting statements where she acknowledged he made mistakes along the way.
Disgraced FBI officials like former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Agent Peter Strzok, and lawyer Lisa Page are also expected to be mentioned in the assessment.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been eagerly awaiting the IG report.
Democrats blame Comey for allegedly swaying the election in favor of Donald Trump, while Republicans believe former director and his underlings held political bias against the president in the Russia probe.
Just recently, GOP Congressman Bob Goodlatte said he is confident the report will shine a light on the alleged misconduct, while personal attorney for the president Rudy Giuliani said James Comey could be prosecuted based off the inspector general’s review.