The Inspector General just issued a report to the DOJ and the report included a criminal referral.
In other words, the IG found abuses of power and what it believes were criminal activities and it just sent all the details to the DOJ.
The only problem?
The DOJ has reportedly DECLINED to prosectue the criminal referral.
The story is developing, but right now things are very unclear.
Many are stumped by the DOJ’s repsonse.
Where is Barr?
Did he make this decision?
Rep. Collins is now personally involved and NOT happy:
Same with Lou Dobbs:
And Rep. Chaffetz:
Here's more about the newly-released IG Report, from the Washington Examiner:
The Justice Department's watchdog said a high-ranking FBI official leaked "sensitive" information to reporters multiple times without authorization and had improperly accepted a gift from the media.
A one-page report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz released Wednesday concluded that a now-former deputy assistant director with the FBI “engaged in misconduct” by disclosing information to the media that had been filed under seal in federal court, maintaining dozens of unauthorized contacts with reporters, and accepting a $225 ticket from a member of the media to attend a dinner sponsored by the media.
Despite these violations of FBI policy, the inspector general said “prosecution of the [deputy assistant director] was declined.”
The investigation was initiated by the Office of the Inspector General in response to allegations from the FBI, and the inspector general said that it is now “providing this report to the FBI for appropriate action.”
When the Washington Examinerreached out to the DOJ inspector general’s office for further information about the investigation, including the identity of the unnamed deputy assistant director, a senior counsel said to file a Freedom of Information Act request with their office.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this month, Sen. Chuck Grassley told Attorney General William Barr “there have been a number of leaks coming out of the Justice Department and FBI during high-profile investigations” and that “leaks undermine the ability of investigators to investigate.” Barr assured him that “we have multiple criminal leak investigations underway.”
The inspector general said in its report Wednesday that the investigation stemmed from one of many episodes referenced in the office’s bombshell 2018 report titled “Review of Allegations Regarding Various Actions by the Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Advance of the 2016 Election.” That inspector general inquiry, which focused on the conduct of the DOJ and FBI during the “Midyear Exam” investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, concluded that members of both the department and the bureau acted improperly.
The 568-page tome that dropped nearly a year ago described “a culture of unauthorized media contacts” within the FBI and had a section focused on “dozens of FBI employees that had contact with members of the media," many in violation of FBI policies. Horowitz said “the harm caused by leaks” and “the fear of potential leaks” actually “influenced FBI officials who were advising then Director Comey on consequential investigative decisions in October 2016.”
The 2018 report said investigators “identified instances where FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events.” Horowitz said “we do not believe the problem is with the FBI’s policy, which we found to be clear and unambiguous,” but instead “we concluded that these leaks highlight the need to change what appears to be a cultural attitude.”
A February 2018 report from Horowitz found former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had improperly disclosed information to the Wall Street Journal confirming the existence of a Clinton Foundation investigation. That report determined McCabe “lacked candor” when speaking with former FBI Director James Comey, with the FBI’s Internal Investigations Section, and with the Office of the Inspector General. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabein March 2018 just a couple days before he was set to retire.
Former FBI General Counsel James Baker, who has been making the rounds on cable news shows defending his role in the Trump-Russia investigation and his handling of the Steele dossier over the past few weeks, recently confirmed the existence of a likely criminal leaks investigation into him, but declined to provide many specifics. “I am confident that I did nothing wrong and nothing illegal," Baker said. That probe was handled by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was recently picked by Barr to head up the investigation of the investigators who ran the Trump-Russia probe.
And more from The Hill:
The Justice Department's inspector general (IG) issued a report Wednesday accusing a former FBI deputy assistant director of leaking "sensitive" information to a member of the press.
A report from the Office of the Inspector General found the unnamed former official had accepted a gift from a member of the media.
In return, the IG report found, the FBI official "engaged in misconduct when the [official] accepted a ticket, valued at approximately $225, to attend a media-sponsored dinner, as a gift from a member of the media, in violation of federal regulations and FBI policy."
The report provided little information into the nature of what was leaked.
No charges have yet been filed, with the report stating that prosecution of the former deputy assistant director had been "declined" without providing further explanation. The case has been referred to the FBI for potential further action.
A spokesman for the Justice Department did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on the investigation.
The accusations came as part of the Justice Department IG's review of the FBI's conduct during the 2016 campaign season, which recommended that the FBI "consider whether (a) it is appropriately educating employees about both its media contact policy and the Department’s ethics rules pertaining to the acceptance of gifts, and (b) its disciplinary provisions and penalties are sufficient to deter such improper conduct."
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