US DOJ to open an investigation into FBI director James Comey

The U.S. Justice Department will open an investigation into misconduct allegations in the FBI Clinton e-mail probe.
By Tobi Gerdes | Jan 12, 2017
The U.S. Justice Department will open an investigation into misconduct allegations in the FBI Clinton e-mail probe.

Inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, announced on Thursday that he will review the allegations directed at Director of the United States of America Federal Bureau of Investigations, James B. Comey. Comey disclosed information pertaining to the FBI probe into a private e-mail server used by Clinton during her tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Horowitz, the investigation will include analysis of public statements and letters by Comey and whether or not FBI and Justice Department employees may have leaked nonpublic information regarding the probe.

"The review will not substitute the OIG's judgment for the judgments made by the FBI or the Department regarding the substantive merits of investigative or prosecutive decisions," read the statement released by Horowitz.

Questions have been raised about Director Comeycommenting on the Clinton investigation,which was closed at the time of his comments, but not on the ongoing FBI investigation intoU.S. President Elect Donald Trump and his relationship with Russia. Comeyhas declined to comment on any investigation pertaining to Trump or his campaign.

"I am grateful to the Department of Justice's IG for taking on this review," read a statement released by Comey after the announcementHe is professional and independent and the FBI will cooperate fully with him and his office. I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter."

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