Inspector General Michael Horowitz announces investigation into FBI FISA abuse

DOJ PDFDepartment of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that, in response to requests from the Attorney General and Members of Congress, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person. As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source. Additionally, the OIG will review the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications.

If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.

This is, I think, the IG's way of telling people to stop calling for a second special counsel because he's got this issue under control. Sessions has already referred to a prosecutor working with the IG from outside of Washington. We haven't heard much about or from this prosecutor yet, but it seems likely we will.

I'd still be more comfortable with a second special prosecutor, I think. I don't trust FBI or DOJ to investigate themselves even with an outsider running it. But that's not what we've got for now, and I'll judge by results when we start to see them.

This entry was published Thu Mar 29 09:13:16 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-03-29 09:13:16.0. [Tweet]

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