DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday morning. Horowitz revealed to lawmakers that he criminally referred former FBI Director James Comey for prosecution. The Justice Department ultimately declined prosecution and despite Comey bragging about this, the IG indeed concluded he criminally acted.
According to the Washington Times – “The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite the conclusion by Mr. Horowitz’s team that he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive but not classified. 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.”
Mr. Horowitz’s disclosure that he made the criminal referral marks his first public statement about the criticism lodged against Mr. Comey in a report released last summer. He told lawmakers it is standard practice to make a criminal referral when wrongdoing is suspected.
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