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Lawmakers Warn IG Being Pressured to Slow Roll Clinton FBI Report

Concern mounts as DOJ and FBI seek redactions and weaken report

Highlights

  • Former FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe is also expected to come under fire in Horowitz’s latest Clinton report
  • The IG report is expected to reveal Comey's handling of the bureau's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server

The Department of Justice and the FBI are deliberately attempting to slow roll and redact significant portions of DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz’s report on the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, according to numerous congressional officials and investigators.

The 400-page report, which was completed several weeks ago and addresses Clinton’s use of her private server for government business, is currently being reviewed by the DOJ and FBI. According to sources, individuals mentioned in the reports are also allowed to review the document. It is expected to be “long and thorough” and will criticize the handling of the investigation by former FBI Director James Comey, who has spent the better part of the past several months promoting his book A Higher Loyalty.

“This has gone on long enough and the American people’s patience is wearing thin. We need accountability.”

“It’s been almost a year and a half and it is time that Congress receives the IG report,” said Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who has been on the front lines of the battle against the DOJ and FBI’s stonewalling of lawmakers requesting documentation. “This has gone on long enough and the American people’s patience is wearing thin. We need accountability,” said DeSantis.

Another congressional official, who’s been fighting to obtain documents from the DOJ and FBI, said it is no surprise that they are putting pressure on Horowitz. According to the official, “They continue to slow roll documents, fail to adhere to congressional oversight and concern is growing that they will wait until summer and then turn over documents that are heavily redacted.”

Former FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe is also expected to come under fire in Horowitz’s latest Clinton report. In April, McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the inspector general released a scathing report and a criminal referral for lying under oath.

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On Tuesday, President Trump expressed his frustration with the delays regarding Horowitz’s report and hinted that the inspector general may be feeling pressured to redact the document or change portions of it to weaken the blow once it is released. Last November, Horowitz’s office told Congress that they expected the report to be released, “in late winter/early spring,” noting that the latest release date would be in April. However, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the report, the IG originally delayed turning over the report until after Comey finished his book tour promotion. Apparently, the most recent delay has to do with the review process that is taking place, the officials stated.

“What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey,” the President tweeted on Tuesday. “Numerous delays. Hope report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has a right to know. Transparency!”

The President also hammered Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation. According to several sources, Sessions’ recusal when he accepted his appointment to the DOJ was based on poor advice from colleagues.

The IG report is expected to reveal Comey’s handling of the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. He faced enormous scrutiny from both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the case during the election and his decision to hold a press conference in July 2016 to not bring charges against her.

In a turn of events, Democrats later changed their position on Comey after President Trump fired him at the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who stated that he failed in leading the investigation into Clinton.

“The director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution,” Rosenstein wrote in his May 9, 2017 letter.

The letter continued:

It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. However, the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.

Now, however, it is Rod Rosenstein who is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as obstruction for firing Comey.

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  1. Hey Sara, here’s some headlines you can use:

    BREAKING NEWS: DOJ IG Was Appointed By Obama And Therefore MAY Be Part of the Deep State and MAY Be A Democrat And MAY Be A Mooselum

    And, to paraphrase the idiot wingnuts you support and cover for, like Jordan, Meadows, DeSantis, Gates, etc:

    BREAKING NEWS: Absence Of Findings Of Criminal Acts By THE DOJ IG Doesn’t Mean Criminal Acts Weren’t Committed, It Just Means They MAY Not Have Been Found Yet, And/Or That The DOJ IG MAY Be Covering Up For Obama And Clinton And The Deep State, So We DEFINITELY Need A Second Special Counsel, But Not Trey Gowdy, Who MAY Be a Democrat Deep Stater, Maybe Someone Like Louis Gohmert

    See how easy it is to be Trump fluffer?

  2. The President must declassify the entire report and the American people must see it immediately. Perhaps it would be more damaging politically for the Democrats if it were held back until just before the midterms. Just like McCabe tried to slow walk the Weiner laptop until after the election, it may be that the FBI will wind up utterly destroying the Democratic party, in one of the greatest political ironies of all time.

    Any way you look at it, the news today that McCabe is seeking immunity or he will plead the Fifth, if true, makes this the single biggest scandal in the history of American law enforcement. The former Acting Director of the FBI seeking immunity rather than simply telling the truth? Threatening to plead the fifth if he doesn’t get a deal?? Would he have done this for a common criminal when he was in charge?? This is a sad day for the United States.

  3. POINT TO PONDER: President Trump holds ALL the Cards, period. As we gander upon the familiar corrupt government stonewalling, and the Liberal Media Propaganda. We The People are in the Drivers Seat. At no time in the last five decades, have the Citizens of this country been in a position as We The People find ourselves today. What kinda crazy statement is that, you might ask? 11-08-2016. It was all they needed to know. That one special day back in November of 2016 TOLD those in power EVERYTHING they needed to know. The game is over. They ALL know what the End Game is. Surely you didn’t expect them just to hand over the keys that they held onto for decades? THEY do not have even a chance of walking away from accountability. There is one of US in the White House sitting behind that desk in the Oval Office, and he holds every, single card that can possibly be played. So just sit back, relax and enjoy a show that no American Citizen has ever witnessed. WE will take back control of OUR country, period.

  4. Has anyone else noticed that now that Republicans like Gowdy, Ryan, Rooney, etc., are leaving Congress, in an attempt to save what little if anything is left of their reputations, are no longer playing the Republican “Conspiracy Games” anymore, and are starting to just tell what’s obvious, the truth?

    Which means clowns, buffoons, and drunks like Nunes, Jordan, Meadows, Gohmert, Gaetz, DeSantis, etc., have to work even harder to keep making s–t up to support Republican conspiracy lies?

  5. Now that Rosenstein is playing hardball with the House Republican clowns about leaks, anyone else wondering about how many of Sassy Sara’s emails and PDF documents from House Republicans and their staffers are being deleted and “Bleach Bitted” as dumba-- Hannity would say by Sara right now?
    And just think if the Democrats take over the House and get to run the committees and subpoena power.
    This could really get interesting.
    Good luck Sara, and if you have any questions on “Bleach Bitting” your computer, just call Hillary Clinton.

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