By: Brian Evans
On Wednesday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, following his long investigation. One of the topics covered involved former FBI Director James Comey, who had, as of yet, escaped prosecution for criminal misconduct by the Department of Justice. It left pro-justice Americans outraged, as the IG’s report detailed legitimate criminal violations, but the DOJ said that they were declining prosecution! Many questioned whether the IG had failed to recommend prosecution, but in his testimony, Horowitz revealed that he DID refer James Comey for criminal prosecution!
The Washington Times detailed what led up to the investigation, as they noted that…
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 concerning.
“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,
Interestingly, the former FBI Director James Comey was bragging online and demanding apologies from Republicans for calling for his prosecution, after the DOJ had declined criminal prosecution. Now, it seems that his bragging and gloating was a bit premature.
The Washington Times added…
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday that he referred ex-FBI Director James Comey for criminal prosecution.
“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,” said Mr. Horowitz, confirming what amounted to a criminal referral.
The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite Mr. Horowitz’s team concluding he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive, but not classified.
During the questioning, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) asked Horowitz to investigate allegations that Comey lied during a 2017 Senate hearing because there were “numerous” times where Comey’s testimony did not match up with what was written in Horowitz’s report. Then, Horowitz agreed to look into the allegations.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) called Horowitz’s revelation that he criminally referred Comey for prosecution “monumental,” especially since the DOJ refused to prosecute Comey for his blatantly illegal actions!