by Daveda Gruber:
The inspector general of the Department of Justice could release his expected bombastic report that details a more than year’s review of the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation.
The expected release has already put top FBI official Andrew McCabe and his pension in jeopardy.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been evaluating the FBI and DOJ’s actions in relation to its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Horowitz has given indications to lawmakers that he is aiming to release the report in the “March, April time period.”
Fresh evidence surfaced on Wednesday that Horowitz’s efforts may be coming to an end. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering firing McCabe over the conclusion in Horowitz’s review.
Horowitz concludes in his report that McCabe was not forthcoming during the review. This includes an examination of McCabe allowing FBI officials to speak with reporters about the investigation into the Clintons.
It was recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility that Sessions fire McCabe.
This could deprive the outgoing deputy director of pension benefits.
Termination would have to be done by close of business on Friday because on McCabe’s birthday, his pension kicks in.
DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement, “The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated. That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process.”
A variety of allegations are being looked at by Horowitz’s investigation.
One of the forefront allegations is whether it was improper for former FBI Director James Comey to make a public announcement about not recommending prosecution over the Clinton email procedure.
McCabe did not recuse himself from the probe until a week before the election. Horowitz reviewing whether McCabe should have recused himself earlier because of his family’s ties to the Democratic Party.
McCabe’s wife received donations from the super PAC of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally who ran as a Democrat for a Virginia state Senate seat in 2015.
Horowitz has accepted that during a congressional hearing last year the classified information involved and necessary security clearances have slowed the process.
He also said his team interviewed dozens of people and had reviewed about 1.2 million records in the course of its investigation in November.
Horowitz has said his team would look at whether “certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”
Also being looked into is whether the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Peter Kadzik, “improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign” and should have been recused.
Kadzik had been an attorney in the past for Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
Horowitz has said the review is looking at whether any DOJ or FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information.
The inspector general’s review uncovered the anti-Trump texts from FBI official Peter Strzok.
Strzok called Trump an “idiot” and texted about an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency.
Strzok has been reassigned but he had been assigned to Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe.
BOOM! The review has created a blast in the media.
Is the swamp getting drained?