Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is a Obama holdover , has criticized just about EVERYBODY in the FBI and justice Dept. connected to the case against Donald Trump….
More than a year ago, as lawmakers increasingly voiced concern over how the FBI and Justice Department handled matters surrounding the 2016 election, the inspector general’s office announced that it had launched an investigation into an array of allegations, including allegation “that Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI Director’s public announcement on July 5, 2016.”
A week before the announcement, while the investigation into Hillary Clinton was still underway, a political firestorm erupted in Washington after Lynch happened to run into Bill Clinton in Arizona and briefly met with him inside a plane sitting on a tarmac there. Days later, with questions swirling over whether Bill Clinton tried to improperly influence the investigation into his wife, Lynch haphazardly announced that she would not recuse herself from the matter but would “fully expect to accept” whatever recommendation the FBI made.
Comey later called it a “tortured half-out, half-in approach.” And after such a “strange” announcement, “I decided I have to step away from her and show the American people the FBI’s work separately,” Comey told ABC News.
The inspector general’s office seemed to similarly view Lynch’s announcement as strange, with the draft report criticizing her for how she handled the impromptu tarmac meeting and its aftermath, according to sources familiar with the findings.
In April, when Comey was promoting his new book “A Higher Loyalty,” Lynch issued a statement saying that during the Clinton email investigation she “trusted” the “non-partisan career prosecutors” handling the case “to assess the facts and make a recommendation — one that I ultimately accepted because I thought the evidence and law warranted it.”
Nevertheless, ABC News has confirmed that Horowitz’s draft report went on to criticize senior FBI officials, including Comey and fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, for their response to the late discovery of a laptop containing evidence that may have related to the Clinton investigation…