IG Report on Clinton Investigation “extremely long and thorough”

Criminal referrals on FBI or DOJ officials possible after years-long investigation

The Department of Justice Inspector General has sent what is described as an “extremely long and thorough draft” of the much anticipated report on the FBI and DOJ’s investigation and handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, this reporter has learned. The detailed report on the FBI’s decision making process into the Clinton investigation could lead to possible criminal referrals for some of the officials involved in the case.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, which is expected to be released within the next three to four weeks to the public, has been turned over to current and former officials for review, as first reported in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

The draft, however, does not include any recommendations for criminal prosecution. If there was any evidence collected by the Inspector General’s office of criminality, Horowitz would then refer the matter to the Department of Justice and submit a criminal referral to prosecutors.

“It would be up to the Inspector General to make the recommendations but there is an expectation that there will be at least one referral for prosecution,” said a source familiar with the findings, who added that it is not conclusive as the Inspector General’s office never discusses ongoing investigations.

The report is expected to focus solely on the Clinton investigation and not on the 2016 Russia election meddling investigation, according to sources.

As for the criminal referrals, it would be similar to the outcome of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Horowitz’s explosive first report released in April found that he lied multiple times about authorizing a leak to The Wall Street Journal. In McCabe’s case, Horowitz referred his findings to Sessions, who fired him several days before he was set to retire. Horowitz also submitted a criminal referral on McCabe to the DOJ for possible criminal prosecution, as reported. It would be up to Washington prosecutors to determine whether or not to move forward with the referral and it elevated the possibility that McCabe would be charged with a crime. Horowitz’s report concluded that McCabe had lied to then-FBI Director James B. Comey, as well as his investigators and others regarding his authorization of the leak. McCabe lied on four occasions, three of those were under oath.

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The Clinton report is expected to be followed by a third report on the IG’s investigation into the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application on Carter Page, a former volunteer for the Trump campaign. The IG announced this investigation in March.

Earlier this year, the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia report revealed that the unverified dossier on alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 elections was used as the bulk of evidence to gain the FISA to spy on Page. The Intelligence Committee report also revealed that the FISA court was not told that the dossier, which was assembled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele through embattled opposition research firm Fusion GPS, was paid for by the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee.


This story has been updated for clarity on the Inspector General’s process regarding criminal referrals. For more information on the guidelines of the DOJ IG Inspector General’s Office read here. 

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  1. I can say this much about the I.G. Report. (IF) what we have been told as a nation for the last two years is true, and no Criminal Referrals are submitted to the D.O.J. and no one is charged in this Criminal Activity. As we like to say here in the South. “We gonna have uh problem” I can honestly say as an American Citizen. We The People cannot allow our government or those in our government to walk away from crimes We would go to jail for. This will be a HUGE turning point in our country. We either have an “Equal Justice System”, or we do not. If those with power over us can break the laws of this nation. By God, so can the mere Citizens if they choose to do so!

  2. Possibly one referral for indictment? WTH? Is this something kept separate from the Draft?

    Did they not re-examine the actions of HRC and her staff? Is that all moot? Illegal server, 30,000 deleted emails, destroyed devices, Classified emails mishandled???

    18 months for this? I hope Sara is wrong.

    So when do the coup collaborators get tried? FISA abuse case?

    When do Sessions 28 Leakers get tried??

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  3. If I have this correct, Mueller was directed to investigate any Trump campaign collusion with Russia. Then somebody, most likely Rosenstein, expanded the scope to add something. They use FISA warrants with non-verified information paid for by the opponent in the election. Since the original directive is not a crime (collusion) without proving conspiracy, that the Constitution appears to prevent a sitting President from being indicted, and that the FISA warrants were obtained under false pretenses that involved lies and possibly spies within the Trump campaign - how is it that Mueller has the authority to do anything at all? This will end. God has universal laws that apply regardless of one’s beliefs. What goes around comes around. May God bless those that expose the evil to the light of truth. Thank you for your efforts in doing that, Sarah. We the People need our faith restored in the one country on earth that cares about truth and justice.

  4. Hey Sara, any update on the Erik Prince getting caught lying to Congress twice about setting up secret, backchannel comms with our enemy, the Russians?
    The only reason I’m asking is I saw this today, and I figured that you’d either ignore it or come up with some lame excuse about how what Trump surrogate Erik Prince did isn’t lying or treason, it’s patriotism:

    “Most recently, a blockbuster New York Times report published Saturday detailed how Prince personally arranged and attended an August 2016 meeting between foreign emissaries and Donald Trump’s eldest son. At the meeting, Prince told Donald Trump Jr. that “we are working hard for your father.”
    The Times report provides new evidence that Prince may have knowingly perjured himself in his congressional testimony. Lying to Congress is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.”

    Prince has tons of money, so he’s not going to flip like Cohen, Gates, Papadopolous, …
    But here’s hoping that Prince goes to prison, at least for a month anyway, just like Alex van Der Zwaan did, after all of Prince’s lies to Congress and the American people.

    And, once again, the $BILLION/YUGE question is, if there’s nothing to hide, why do all these Trump stooges keep getting caught lying about “nothing?”

  5. DonB says:

    cnn Republicans are growing on Fox too!
    I suggest that their management act now to secure… they already know it’s occurring!

    I am surprised about some that you truthfully mention… I would add the AG & Assistant AG to
    this sewer list!

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