Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said Wednesday that he referred former FBI Director James B. Comey for criminal prosecution this year after concluding he leaked sensitive materials to a friend.
And the Justice Department watchdog told Congress he would “assess” Republican allegations of inconsistent statements in Mr. Comey’s testimony before the Senate.
Mr. Horowitz’s disclosure that he made the criminal referral marks his first public statement about the criticism lodged against Mr. Comey in a report released last summer. He told lawmakers it is standard practice to make a criminal referral when wrongdoing is suspected.
“We are required by the [Inspector General] Act to send information that we’ve identified that could plausibly be criminal to the Department of Justice,” Mr. Horowitz said.
The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite the conclusion by Mr. Horowitz’s team that he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive but not classified.
Comey has become a hated figure on both sides. Democrats are still mad at him for reopening the Hillary Clinton email probe weeks before Election Day. Republicans are infuriated over the fact that despite an excoriating press conference in July 2016, where he outlined a pattern of irresponsible behavior by Clinton and her staff concerning the handling of classified information relating to her unauthorized server which she used for all official business while serving as secretary of state—the FBI declined to bring formal charges. He found enemies on both sides of the river and ended up dead.James Comey purposefully leaked a memo so the special counsel could investigate the President.— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) September 18, 2019
James Comey relied on a bogus dossier to spy on an American citizen.
James Comey owes the country an apology.
?? : @RepMarkMeadows pic.twitter.com/tRfcrLr2lv
Yet, this also kills the second tier of the “get Trump” campaign waged by the Left.
And on a side note, criminally referred for leaking sensitive material while he looked into Clinton for doing the same. Oh, the irony.