Behind The IG Report — How The Obama Justice Department Tried To Shut Down The FBI’s Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation

  • The Department of Justice Inspector General released a report Friday claiming “lack of candor” by former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe
  • The report also details Justice Department’s influence to close a multi-state investigation into the Clinton Foundation
  • The IG claims McCabe leaked DOJ’s pressure to end the Clinton investigation to battle claims he was partial to the Clintons

Daily Caller: The Department of Justice Inspector General report on the “lack of candor” by FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe also documents for the first time the Obama administration’s effort to shut down the bureau’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a review of the report by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.

The inspector general (IG) confirmed in its long-awaited report released Friday that in 2016 the FBI had ongoing field investigations of the Clinton Foundation in New York, Los Angeles, Little Rock, Arkansas and Washington, D.C. The multi-city investigation was launched when agents found “suspicious activity” between a foreign donor and Clinton Foundation activity in the Los Angeles area, as TheDCNF reported in August 2016.

The report, authored by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, an Obama appointee, chronicles the Justice Department’s effort to to shut down the FBI’s investigation on Aug. 12, 2016. The pressure allegedly came in the form of a phone call to McCabe from a Justice Department principal associate deputy attorney general (PADAG) who pressed McCabe on the continuing investigation. The IG did not identify which PADAG made the call.

It was important the pressure for ending the investigation was issued in a phone call and not in a written document, former FBI assistant Director Ronald Hosko told TheDCNF.

“They did it in a phone call, which is maybe a little more difficult to serve up as evidence,” he told TheDCNF in an interview. Hosko said that by giving a verbal order, the Justice Department “chose not to document it by design.”

“It makes it harder to reconstruct. But that might be part of the goal, right?” he noted.  MORE HERE

 

7 Comments on Behind The IG Report — How The Obama Justice Department Tried To Shut Down The FBI’s Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation

  1. I’m waiting to see if anyone goes to jail. I’m not holding my breath or I’ll turn the same color as that infamous mural.




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  2. Once, when I was still working as a programmer, my company assigned me to be part of a trial study of a software product that we were considering purchasing. Some of it performed as described, but the part I was testing flat out didn’t work, and no amount of fiddling with it solved the problem. When it came time to write our reviews, we were under intense pressure by upper management (who were hot to buy the product for political reasons I won’t get into here) to say it was hunky-dory, but I refused to do it because the damn thing wouldn’t work, and I wasn’t going to say it did. My manager, whose ass was on the line to make the thing look good no matter what, implored me to write as positive a review as I could for his sake, so when I described the product I said (among other things) that it “lacked functionality”.

    Translation: It doesn’t work.

    So when I see the term “lack of candor”, I know what it actually means: lies.




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  3. “Lacked functionality”, that’s like when someone gets fired but you say “laid off while they’re still hiring”. I’ve been on both sides of that.




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  4. “Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General”? (And more than one of them). Gotta love these layers and layers of unaccountability.




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  5. manbearpig, that title stuck out to me too when I read that. These departments have more layers than strata of shit in a porta potty at a chili festival.




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