The top watchdog of the Justice Department is expected to release the long-awaited report on the Obama-era D.O.J. and F.B.I., which details abuses by the agencies, in regards to the Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations.
President Trump is set to be briefed on the report, authored by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, discussing the agency’s handling of both probes later today, which is also the President’s 72nd birthday.
The investigations began in 2017, following calls from congress, as well as the watchdog group, for an independent inquiry into the matter.
Sources familiar with a draft on the report say the document is a scathing indictment of former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, among other federal officials.
Horowitz’s report heavily criticizes Comey for disregarding agency protocol, and reopening Hillary Clinton’s email probe amid the 2016 presidential election, according to a draft.
The document describes Comey as “insubordinate” and “defiant,” in reference to his releasing of a letter informing congress about jump-starting the investigation, and failing to inform the Justice Department about the move.
Comey is also chastised for recommending zero charges against Clinton, essentially usurping the Attorney General’s authority to bring a criminal indictment.
The draft is also expected to go after Loretta Lynch for Suspiciously taking up Comey’s unauthorized recommendation to not impose criminal charges, especially after engaging in the infamous tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton, while the probe was ongoing.
The former Director has long-defended his decisions during his tenure, but has made conflicting statements acknowledging he made mistakes along the way.
Disgraced FBI officials, such as former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Agent Peter Strzok, and lawyer Lisa Page are expected to be included in the assessment as well.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been eagerly awaiting the IG report.
While Republicans believe the former Director and his underlings held political bias against the President in the Russia probe, Democrats blame Comey for allegedly swaying the election in favor of President Trump.
GOP Congressman Bob Goodlatte said he’s confident the report will shine a light on the alleged misconduct, while Rudy Guiliani, the President’s personal attorney, says James Comey could be prosecuted based-off of the inspector general’s review.
The report will be available to the public after the President is briefed on its findings.