For John, BLUF: Maybe. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Hill, by Ms Morgan Chalfant, 6 Feb 2018.
We are talking about the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, or IG.
The Office of the Inspector General specific to the United States Department of Justice that is responsible for conducting nearly all of the investigations of DOJ employees and programs. The office has several hundred employees, reporting to the Inspector General. The present Inspector General is Michael E. Horowitz, who has held the post since 2012.Here is the lede plus four:
Few people have heard of Michael Horowitz, but that’s about to change.This may be just a little blip, but it could mushroom. The question is, do we have a conspiracy or do we have incompetence.
Horowitz, the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, is an increasingly critical player in the controversy surrounding the FBI, President Trump and the Russia investigation.
With little fanfare, he has been conducting a sprawling probe of the FBI’s handling of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. His full report, which could set off shockwaves, is expected by the early spring.
A political appointee in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Horowitz’s yearlong investigation already reportedly contributed to the early resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And his work has been felt in other ways.
Horowitz also uncovered a series of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that led special counsel Robert Mueller to remove Strzok from his team. Those texts have fueled accusations among GOP lawmakers that Mueller’s probe is tainted by partisanship.
Hat tip to the Drudge Report.
Regards — Cliff
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