DOJ IG Reveals He Referred Comey for Criminal Prosecution Over Leaks

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz revealed Wednesday he referred former FBI Director James Comey for Criminal Prosecution for leaks of sensitive documents.

The DOJ ultimately decided not to prosecute despite Horowitz’s conclusion that Comey acted improperly.

Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted:

When will the Judiciary Committee get to question IG Horowitz about his scathing Comey report?@RepJerryNadler: “I’m not sure which report you’re referring to… I don’t know. We haven’t discussed that.”

Dems would rather focus on impeachment and taking our guns.

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch fears “This failure to prosecute Comey by the DOJ virtually guarantees there will be no prosecutions on the coup targeting President @realDonaldTrump.”

WashingtonExaminer reports Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said Wednesday that he referred former FBI Director James B. Comey for criminal prosecution this year after concluding he leaked sensitive materials to a friend.

And the Justice Department watchdog told Congress he would “assess” Republican allegations of inconsistent statements in Mr. Comey’s testimony before the Senate.

Mr. Horowitz’s disclosure that he made the criminal referral marks his first public statement about the criticism lodged against Mr. Comey in a report released last summer. He told lawmakers it is standard practice to make a criminal referral when wrongdoing is suspected.

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“We are required by the [Inspector General] Act to send information that we’ve identified that could plausibly be criminal to the Department of Justice,” Mr. Horowitz said.

The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite the conclusion by Mr. Horowitz’s team that he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive but not classified.

Mr. Comey in May 2017 asked a law professor friend to share with The New York Times a memo detailing his conversations with President Trump to pressure the Justice Department to open an investigation of the president.

In a report released last month, Mr. Horowitz wrote that the former FBI director “set a dangerous example” when he shared the memos to push the Justice Department to act.

Testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the Justice Department watchdog said Mr. Comey’s behavior was worrisome.

“Our concern was empowering FBI directors or, frankly, any FBI employee with the authority to decide they are not going to follow established norms and procedures because, in their view, they’ve made a judgment that the individuals they are dealing with can’t be trusted,” he said.

When asked if Mr. Comey’s holding the highest position in the bureau added to his concern, Mr. Horowitz confirmed it had.

This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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