The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday afternoon of its plans to launch a broad review into the FBI's handling of Sec. Clinton's email investigation, including the measures taken by FBI Director James Comey to publish the bureau's findings on the cusp of Election Day.
Comey faced blistering criticism from the Clinton campaign team following the letter he had sent to Congress, which suggested additional emails were to be reviewed. Following the defeat, Clinton's team attributed their presidential loss to Comey's handling of the investigation.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a statement that the DOJ's internal watchdog will explore whether the FBI violated procedure and improperly leaked the information prior to Election Day.
The internal review comes "in response to requests" from Congressional oversight committees and members of the public, the statement said.
FBI Chief Comey is facing an internal investigation into his pre-election handling of the Clinton Email case— M. Jennings (@RealFriscoKid) January 12, 2017
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Some are celebrating the announcement.
Earnest says WH won't weigh in on DOJ internal investigation of DOJ/FBI into Comey et al in lead up to 2016 election— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) January 12, 2017
But WH spokesperson Josh Earnest said the White House will not weigh in.
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