DOJ watchdog: Former FBI officials illegally allocated to court docs, plays, open sensitive “information is laid” and took the gift of media

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Republican senators trying to probe of intel-agencies in Russia leaks; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Washington.

The Ministry of justice’s internal watchdog announced in an investigative summary released on Wednesday, that an unnamed former FBI deputy assistant director, engaged in “misconduct”, including leaking “sensitive” information to the media, a violation of Federal law, sealed by the disclosure of court records and to take a gift from someone in the media.

Nevertheless, the inspector general (IG) stated, without explanation, that “the persecution of the FATHER [the Deputy head] was rejected.” The analysis of the results is below, said the FBI for possible further measures, the IG.

The official was the second high-level FBI employees who reprimanded formally, the seen of the IG on media contacts, as inappropriate. Former FBI assistant Director Andrew McCabe was fired from the office in March 2018, by then-attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to an inspector general report revealed that he “lacked the openness,” when he, his communication about Federal probes with members of the media.

The IG stated initially, in June 2018, the report about the DOJ and FBI misconduct “although the FBI’s Directive to speak strictly, the limits of the employees that are entitled to to the media, we have found that this policy seemed to be largely ignored, during the period we reviewed.”

The IG, mark what he said as an apparent “cultural” problem of the bureau, to the time that it announce the completion of several separate “investigations” in the matter at a later date. The Wednesday, the report appeared to be the opening salvo in these reports. A clear, comprehensive IG-report on a variety of other matters, including the possible FBI surveillance being misused, it is expected that in a matter of weeks.

John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, and John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, are independent probes in parallel in the FBI and DOJ. Last week, President Trump authorized Attorney General William Barr to declassify and release materials relevant to the reviews.

The General inspector Michael Horowitz is expected to release a report on FBI and DOJ misconduct in the coming weeks.

The investigative summary released on Wednesday, specifically the evidence that the FATHER “engaged in misconduct will be found, by a preponderance, when the FATHER accepted a ticket to the value of about $225 to participate in a media-sponsored dinner, as a gift from a member of the media, in violation of the Federal regulations and FBI policy.”


The report also assessed that the FATHER “reveals that the media of the existence of the information submitted is, to the under seal in Federal court in violation of 18 U. S. C. § 401, contempt of court, without the approval of the FBI law enforcement sensitive information to journalists on several occasions; and had dozens of official contacts with the media, without approval, in violation of FBI policy.” Contempt of court can be punished by a prison sentence or a monetary penalty, at the discretion of the court.

Media leaks played a Central role in the promotion of the narrative, that the trump campaign have calculated in cooperation with Russia, and Republican lawmakers that the FBI and DOJ planted any sensitive information to further their own political and investigative goals.

The FBI, for example, extensively relied on news articles-including one by Yahoo News — get the guarantee of a monitor, to monitor the former Trump aide Carter page. The FBI, the FISA court has been informed that the Yahoo article was based on a source that is motivated, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., the FBI knew, was political. Internal FBI use to receive SMS messages, the Fox News FBI brass to show zealous that a senior DOJ officials had similar concerns about a FISA-to-source bias.

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And text messages between the ex-FBI employee and former lover Peter Strzok and Lisa page, dug out last year showed that state officials were “leaking like crazy” in the run-up to the Trump-Russia agreement sample.

“In addition to the significant number of communications between FBI agents and journalists, we identified the social interactions between the FBI were employees and journalists, at least, not with FBI-Department of policy and ethics rules,” the IG wrote in June. “For example, we have found cases in which FBI employees receive tickets to sports events by journalists, went on Golf trips with media representatives, were treated to food and drinks according to the work of journalists, and the guests of the journalists at the non-public social events.”

The IG concluded by the description of “the damage caused by leaks, fear of possible leaks, and a culture of non-authorized contacts.”

“We do not believe that the problem with the FBI’s policy, which we have found to be clear and unambiguous,” added the IG. “Rather, we have come to the conclusion that these holes underline the need to be what is a cultural attitude seems to be.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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