Since DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz quietly began investigating the Justice Department’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case, critics on both sides of the political divide have been waiting with baited breath for his findings. Would he excoriate former FBI Director James Comey for letting Hillary off the hook…or for sending that last-minute letter to Congress that Hillary’s supporters claim cost her the election? Would he reveal why Clinton was exonerated in a memo long before she actually spoke to the FBI? Would he explain just what in the hell Loretta Lynch was thinking when she stepped onto that plane with Bill Clinton?
These questions and more will soon be answered. On Wednesday, Horowitz announced that he has completed the draft report of his investigation, leading many to believe that his full report will be forthcoming by the end of May. And when that baby hits, all hell could break loose in Washington, Chappaqua, NY, and wherever Comey happens to be promoting his book that day. We can’t wait!
Horowitz has been conducting this internal investigation for more than a year, and there is no shortage of ground to cover. We expect there will be revelations related to former FBI top cop Andrew McCabe, who has already been fired as a result of info the inspector general turned up. We may also find out more about star-crossed, Trump-hating FBI personnel Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, both of whom were intimately involved with the Clinton case.
Both the Department of Justice and the FBI are being given a copy of the draft report, which will give them a chance to make public comments and/or submit formal written letters in response to Horowitz’s findings.
“We will update you on the specific timing for the report’s release,” said Horowitz in his letter to Congress, “and I will be prepared to provide a briefing and testify publicly about our findings and conclusions as soon as the report is released.”
What remains to be seen is whether or not Horowitz will refer anyone for further investigation and/or indictment as a result of his findings. The smart money is on “no” – even the inspector general will not wish to make waves quite THAT large – but then again, you never know. That the Clinton case was badly mishandled is a matter of common knowledge; whether or not it was criminally mishandled remains unknown. Our guess is a solid “yes,” but that doesn’t mean Horowitz will see it that way.
The full report, due soon, should shed quite a bit of light on a very dark period in our nation’s law enforcement history.