AND ITS EFFECT ON UPCOMING INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 5, 2018) — On Tuesday’s “Hannity” show, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, and former White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that they believe DOJ and FBI employees are attempting to “slow down” the publication of the DOJ Inspector General’s anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of its Hillary Clinton private server investigation.
The report is expected to consist of between 400 and 500 pages assembled from nearly 18 months of the IG’s investigation into whether or not the FBI broke protocols in its probe of Clinton’s use of the private, unauthorized server over which she sent classified information but for which Clinton was not criminally charged as she sought the Oval Office.
Following Chaffetz and Spicer, investigative journalist Sara Carter was Hannity’s guest, during which time she said that the DOJ and FBI are attempting to “slow-roll” the release of the report as they make redactions for alleged “national security” reasons.
Carter maintained that redactions by the DOJ and FBI have been insisted upon in reports issued by congressional committee members only to be discovered to have posed no threat to national security, sources or methods.
Carter’s new column released Tuesday is titled, “Lawmakers Warn IG Being Pressured to Slow Roll Clinton FBI Report.”
Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg JarreTt then said that he believes former FBI Director James Comey “is in deep trouble” given his exoneration of Clinton on July 5, 2016 in a solo press conference wherein he berated her for a litany of transgressions but said that there was no criminal case. Jarrett then divulged that he has interviewed four “former federal prosecutors” who were reportedly very critical of Comey’s actions. He termed the review by the FBI and DOJ of the IG’s report an attempt to “sanitize” it.
“They have been obstructing at the FBI and DOJ,” Jarrett said in closing his segment.
As Carter predicted several weeks ago, her new report stated that the IG’s report “is expected to be ‘long and thorough’ and will criticize the handling of the investigation by former FBI Director James Comey.”
In the following segment, guest and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said that parts of the FBI and DOJ became “corrupted” beyond anyone’s ability to understand, although he did not provide a time frame or specifically name anyone. He did, however, refer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of “the Deep State,” a term used by many Trump-administration observers who believe that entrenched political operatives in what are expected to be apolitical government positions are attempting to undermine the Trump administration.
“This report is going to be so big and so devastating” that it will be “impossible” to ignore, Gingrich predicted. Joining President Trump’s almost daily opining on Twitter, he called the investigation into Russian “meddling” and alleged “collusion” by the Trump campaign led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller “a witch hunt.”
Despite that, Gingrich expressed confidence in “the American justice system” to expose any bad actors.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.