IG report: DOJ official was looking for Clinton campaign job for the son, then share event info with Podesta

Peter Kadzik, a former assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs in the Ministry of justice, was criticized by the IG Michael Horowitz’s report.


The Justice Department inspector general report released on Thursday criticized a former justice Ministry official for the send-then-Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta a “heads up” about the release schedule for Clinton’s E-Mails-as he also tried his son for a job in the campaign.

The General inspector Michael Horowitz’s report found that the former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik shown “poor judgment” does not appear to recognize a conflict of interest or properly recuse himself from investigations in relation to Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The report, which looked at the FBI and DOJ handling of the Clinton-E-Mail investigation, found that Kadzik asked Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon in April 2015 for a job for his son-was involved during Kadzik, in the debate over the Clinton Affairs.

“I hope all is well with you, [Fallon’s wife], the children, and the candidate,” Kadzik said in response to an E-Mail from Fallon. “Let me know if you or someone else must be a great helper, my 25-year-old son is ready for [Clinton].” A job is not Kadzik son offered.

The IG report said Kadzik. recused himself from Clinton’s questions at this point or be open about the circumstances, the superiors, which he did not

Less than a month later, Kadzik by E-Mail Podesta informed him about the timetable for the publication of the Clinton E-Mails. Kadzik and Podesta a “long-standing personal and professional relationships,” Kadzik as Podesta is a lawyer have served since 1998, Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton.

May 2015 E-Mail, with the title “heads up” was later disseminated by WikiLeaks, in the days before the election in 2016. The E-Mail read:

“It’s oversight hearing is a [House Judiciary Committee] today, where the head of the Civil Division, to testify. Probably have questions on State Department E-Mails. A further submission in the FOIA case went in last night, or the file is indicating in the am,, it will be a while (2016) before the State Department posts [Clinton] – E-Mails.”

While the information published been, the report found that Kadzik know whether the information that has been submitted or made public, when he sent the E-Mail.

To do “his will, raised questions in a reasonable way about his ability to act impartially Clinton Affairs in connection with his official activities,” the report said, although it concluded that because the information available to the public was, Kadzik not abuse his official position.

DOJ leadership decided later, in November 2016, Kadzik should be recused according to the E-Mail to the public. But Horowitz’s found office, that Kadzik “could not keep strictly to this distancing,” and several Clinton-related E route messages within the Department.


The DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility later led an investigation in December 2016, the found out that he is not sending confidential or secret information to Podesta. Kadzik left the DOJ in January 2017.

The IG report in error a number of FBI and DOJ officials for their actions in dealing with the Clinton probe, also criticize that the former FBI-Director James Comey ‘ behavior as “insubordinate.”

The report also highlighted anti-Trump-text-messages from various bureau staff.

The FBI, in its response to the criticism, said the inspector general “found no evidence of a connection, the political views of the employees with the specific investigative decisions.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.


Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

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