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Three takeaways from the IG report
After an 18-month investigation by the FBI and DOJ, Hillary Clinton probe, the long-awaited report from the justice Department inspector General Michael Horowitz. Here is a look at the three largest snack stalls.
Numerous FBI employees accepted inappropriate gifts from reporters, and routinely voice media, without approval, during the Hillary Clinton email probe, the justice Department watchdog, the long-awaited accountability revealed on Thursday’s report.
The shocking revelation came only a week after the former Director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee-who was responsible for the maintenance of all classified information from the Executive Office-the panel indicted for allegedly making false statements to FBI agents in possible leaks to reporters.
“We identified cases in which FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, Golf excursions, beverages and meals, and access to non-public social events”, – stated in the report of the inspector General, Michael Horowitz.
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But because of the inappropriate gifts were outside the scope of the IG ‘ views on the Clinton E-Mail investigation, Horowitz added that the DOJ watchdog “separately, a report on all studies as they are completed.”
Together with the FBI’s cozy relationship with the media, Horowitz report fees, the officials in the offices at “all levels of the organization” leaked information to a Reporter without permission.
The FBI’s strict ignored by media relations policy, which explains who exactly is entitled to that information to the media, was “largely” during the Clinton email probe, and then the IG report said.
“We have deep concerns about the scope and extent of the non-authorized media contacts from FBI employees.”
– DOJ IG report
In a chart attached to the report, the IG identified dozens of FBI officials who spoke to reporters without permission, including several special agents, special agents in charge, Secretary’s management and program analysts, lawyers, “FBI executive”, a Deputy Director and a Deputy Director.
It is noteworthy that at least two unauthorized calls reporters came from a “dispo stock of FBI-HQ-phone-number,” the IG report says, suggesting that some of the employees in the office were brazenly leaking information from the phones in the Agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC
“We continue to have deep concerns about the scope and extent of the non-authorized media-contacts from the FBI employees that we have discovered in our review,” the IG. “These leaks under the need to swipe to change to be what is a cultural attitude among many in the organization seems to be.”
Elsewhere in the IG report cites numerous examples of obvious bias of several FBI officials, including an SMS-message, in which an FBI agent working on the Clinton E-Mail probe called ” Trump Fans “be stopped.”
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.