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The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is set to release a scathing, 500-page report Thursday addressing unanswered questions about the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.
“It should have something for both sides,” @TomFitton says.
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Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, released a report in April that led to the ouster and referral for criminal prosecution of Andrew McCabe, former acting director and No. 2 official of the FBI.
Horowitz also is investigating surveillance warrants for a Trump campaign aide and circumstances surrounding a confidential informant for the FBI who communicated with Donald Trump campaign aides in 2016.
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But the Justice Department inspector general’s examination of how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation has been highly anticipated on both sides of the aisle, and perhaps dreaded by the Obama administration’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, and its FBI director, James Comey.
Horowitz opened the investigation in January 2017. Here are five key questions his long-anticipated report may answer:
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1. Will the IG Find Criminal Conduct?
In July 2016, without consulting Lynch, Comey announced that Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state from 2009 through 2012 was careless but did not rise to the level of a prosecutable offense.
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Four months later, Donald Trump defeated Clinton in the presidential election.
A main question is whether there is enough in the inspector general’s report to refer aspects of the Clinton case to prosecutors, said Sydney Powell, a former federal prosecutor who served as chief of the two appellate divisions in Texas.
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“We could see [criminal] referrals for investigating false statements and perjury with respect to the mishandled investigation,” Powell told The Daily Signal. “There could potentially be a conspiracy charge.”
U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber has assisted Horowitz in fact finding during the investigation, and...
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