Please don’t fall out of your chair, yes, Attorney General Sessions actually did something! Of course McCabe and the Democrats are crying foul and trying to make the public believe this was a political lynching, but we are going to discuss why this is not the case.
First, a little background on Inspector Generals. The Offices of Inspector General was established in 1978 under the Inspector General Act of 1978;
§ 2. Purpose and establishment of Offices of Inspector General; departments and agencies involved
In order to create independent and objective units—
(1) to conduct and supervise audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of the establishments listed in section 12(2);
(2) to provide leadership and coordination and recommend policies for activities designed
(A) to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of, and
(B) to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in, such programs and operations; and
(3) to provide a means for keeping the head of the establishment and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of such programs and operations and the necessity for and progress of corrective action;
there is established—
(A) in each of such establishments an office of Inspector General, subject to subparagraph (B); and
(B) in the establishment of the Department of the Treasury—
(i) an Office of Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury; and
(ii) an Office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
There are many Inspector Generals, approximately 73, each connected to a specific governmental agency. IG’s operate separately, although they do share information and coordinate via the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, of which Michael Horowitz is the current Chairman. Horowitz was also responsible for conducting the investigation into the FBI and DOJ with regard to their activities leading up to the 2016 election. Horowitz was appointed in 2012 by then President Obama. For two years, 1991-1993, Horowitz worked under James Comey. Since his appointment, Horowitz has waged a battle to legally expand the Inspector Generals’ access to information, something that had been limited by Eric Holder beginning in 2010, and used as a delay tactic during investigations such as Fast and Furious. Horowitz testified before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees that AG, Holder was requiring IG’s to obtain permission of department leadership in order to gain access to agency records. This resulted in not only delays in reviewing relevant records, but the IG being able to review only those documents permitted by the very departments they were investigating. In October of 2015, the following appeared in an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post:
“For decades, there was no controversy over what the words “all records” meant. But that changed in 2010 when FBI attorneys suggested, soon after several critical reports by my office as inspector general at the Justice Department, that “all records” might not include some records the FBI was seeking to withhold.”
The Obama Administration fought Horowitz on the issue of access until the very end. In 2016 the Republican Congress finally passed the IG Empowerment Act that was eventually signed into law by Obama on December 16, 2016. However, we still see a lack of cooperation from the FBI/DOJ as they continue to use delay tactics and fight the release of records requested by the IG. This begs the question, what are they conspiring to hide?
The formal investigation into the DOJ and FBI activities began on January 12, 2017, as stated above, eight days prior to Donald Trump being sworn in as President of the United States. The initial premise for the investigation was based upon Comey’s handling of the Clinton email probe including and encompassing Comey’s various letters and public statements on the matter and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information. Two House Democrats, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and Michigan Rep. John Conyers, first requested an IG investigation into the FBI over alleged illegal leaks damaging to Clinton in an Oct. 4 2016 letter. Ironically enough, both the Clintons and Democrats expressed praise and encouragement with regard to this investigation as they sought to place blame for Hillary’s election loss on Comey’s actions. Yet, fourteen months later the evidence uncovered by the IG all points to a grand plan and conspiracy to derail the Trump campaign, along with an “insurance policy” should he actually win.
Horowitz’s investigation has unveiled what appears to be a massive abuse of power by numerous high level officials in the FBI. It has given rise to the use of terms such as “deep state” and “secret society.” There is evidence that suggests that the Mueller probe relative to Russian collusion on the part of the Trump campaign was part of this grand plan and officials knew it was nothing more than a witch hunt. (One that to date, has yet to reveal any evidence of wrongdoing by Trump or his campaign.) And good old Andy was right in the middle of all of it. So, sorry Andy, you do not get to hang your bad fortune on President Trump or “politics.” You can complain about the timing and the loss of benefits all you want, but the bottom line remains, you broke the law and betrayed the trust of the American people. Do you honestly believe the people you betrayed should be expected to support you financially for the rest of your life? I don’t think so!