The DOJ Inspector General report on the Hillary Clinton email case is expected to be released this week. From what we know so far it will be particularly damaging to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, and an untold number of DOJ and FBI employees. The potential for explosive ramifications just ticked up a bit after Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned of mass firings after its release.
Sessions said the option of “termination” is most definitely on the table for those who are named for wrongdoing in the report.
Fox News reports:
“If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so,” Sessions told The Hill.
It’s unclear whether Sessions knows which individuals will be cited in the report, but several top FBI and DOJ officials are likely to come under criticism in the findings by IG Michael Horowitz. For more than a year, the inspector general has been reviewing those agencies’ actions related to its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
“I think it will be a lengthy report and a careful report,” Sessions said, adding that it he thinks it will “help us better fix any problems that we have a reassure the American people that some of the concerns that have been raised are not true.”
The report is expected to look at, among other things, whether “certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”
“I think it’s going to put a lot of the missing pieces in this giant puzzle together,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., predicted Wednesday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by Sessions already, might be the first to face criminal charges. He was terminated for making unauthorized leaks to the press and then lied about it to federal investigators.