For more than a year, Republican leaders implored President Barack Obama and the Department of Justice to initiate an independent investigation into former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s use of a personal server for all of her emails while in office. With just days remaining until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President, an IG has finally been appointed to investigate an aspect of the email controversy. Surprisingly, the IG’s investigation won’t involve Hilary Clinton’s actions.
The Department of Justice has in fact appointed it’s own Inspector General to investigate the FBI Director’s unusual handling of the e-mail controversy heading into the days leading up to the election. The Clinton campaign and the DNC have accused FBI Director James Comey of unduly influencing the election when he submitted a letter to Congress related to reopening an investigation he had essentially closed.
The controversy arose when FBI agents found emails from the Clinton office on the computer of former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s personal laptop. Weiner is in fact married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. After Comey had stated back in July of last year that he didn’t believe Clinton’s actions warranted prosecution, he did an about face just prior to the election, making a letter he sent to Congress public.
After receiving a warrant to look at said emails, Comey again concluded that a prosecution wasn’t warranted. For the Clinton campaign, they felt the damage had already been done as Americans again were given cause to doubt Clinton’s integrity.
As part of this new investigation, experts are wondering why some of the DOJ’s actions aren’t also being investigated. Not only did Attorney General Loretta Lynch defer to Comey’s opinion, which is highly unusual, but she was also caught in controversy due to former-President Bill Clinton’s “impromptu” visit to her plane on the tarmac at an Arizona airport just prior to Comey’s initial decision not to prosecute.