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Making sense of the Inspector General’s investigation into the FBI, Justice Department

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FBI Director James Comey arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a classified briefing on Russia for all members of the House of Representatives January 13, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

First, the Justice Department's Inspector General is investigating the Department and the FBI about controversial actions in the months before the Presidential election.

Michael Horowitz says he's responding to numerous requests that his office look into the unprecedented communications surrounding Hillary Clinton's private email server investigation. The Inspector General will look into FBI Director Jim Comey's public announcement that no criminal charges would be filed, as well as his later memo to a Congressional committee that the probe was being reopened in light of Clinton campaign emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop. The Inspector General will also look at the email exchanges of the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, Peter Kadzik, with Clinton campaign head John Podesta. The Kadzik emails disclosing information about the Clinton investigation were revealed by Wikileaks as part of the hack of Podesta's email account.

Does this set up the same kind of "no win" scenario for Horowitz?


Matt Apuzzo, New York Times reporter covering law enforcement and security; he has been covering the IG’s Office probe for the paper

Riley Roberts, Principal at West Wing Writers, a speechwriting and strategy firm with offices in D.C., New York, and San Francisco. He is the former chief speechwriter to Attorney General Eric Holder. Roberts’ recent piece for POLITICO Magazine is titled, “The Case Against James Comey

Bre Payton, reporter for The Federalist, a conservative online news magazine

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