Transition 2016

Office of the Inspector General to Investigate DOJ and FBI on Pre-election Actions

By Jane Chong
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 2:27 PM

Today the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced that it is launching a review of allegations regarding actions by the Department of Justice and the FBI in the runup to the 2016 election. The press release is here.

Issues under review:

  • Allegations 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, and the Director’s letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016, and that certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations;
  • Allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters;
  • Allegations that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters;
  • Allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information; and
  • Allegations that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI’s release of certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on October 30 and November 1, 2016, and the use of a Twitter account to publicize same, were influenced by improper considerations

See coverage from the New York Times and the Washington Post.