Former FBI Director James Comey is under scrutiny by the Department of Justice over the handling of Hillary Clinton’s private email server investigation.
According to sources, a draft report from the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz determined Comey was “insubordinate” during his former role.
ABC News reports:
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.
One source told ABC News that the draft report explicitly used the word “insubordinate” to describe Comey’s behavior. Another source agreed with that characterization but could not confirm the use of the term.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch was also criticized over the handling of the Clinton email investigation, including meeting with former President Bill Clinton while his wife’s investigation was open.
“… 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.”
President Trump questioned why the inspector general report was taking so long to be released in a Tweet:
What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. Transparency!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
Inspector General Horowitz’s report, estimated at 500 pages, is expected to be released soon.
Hopefully, the inspector general report will be the first step in holding people in Washington, D.C., accountable.