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Release of IG Report Expected to Spotlight 'Insubordinate' Comey

Release of IG Report Expected to Spotlight 'Insubordinate' Comey
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By    |   Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:16 AM EDT

The much-anticipated release Thursday of the Justice Department inspector general's report is expected to call out former FBI director James Comey's insubordination and other indiscretions by senior officials at DOJ.

Sources tell CNN that the report will be released at 2 p.m.

IG Michael Horowitz's audit has been more than 17 months in the making, and it reportedly will hit Comey for being "insubordinate" in his handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation and former AG Loretta Lynch for mishandling the oversight of said probe.

President Donald Trump - and congressional Republicans - has beat the drum incessantly about this report and about the "when" and "what" of its release.

The report is also going to shed light on the indiscretions of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired in March by Attorney General Jeff Sessions because of Horowitz's findings and the direction his report was heading.

But the main loser Thursday is expected to be Comey, who will get crushed by Trump's camp as validation for firing him a year ago as well as Clinton's camp, who will again trumpet the findings as proof that Comey cost Hillary the 2016 election.

Aside from the partisan nail-biting and gnashing of teeth, Horowitz's report will be viewed as credible by Justice Department leadership, regardless of whether they completely agree with the IG, experts told The Atlantic.

"The IG is usually the final word on what happened, who was at fault, and what needs to be done to fix things when there is a DOJ scandal," former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller told The Atlantic.

"The IG has considerable discretion in making recommendations," William Yeomans, a former deputy assistant attorney general, told The Atlantic. "There are times when management disagrees with the IG’s recommendations and it can disregard them, but it's safe to assume … that Congress will expect an explanation for why a significant recommendation was not followed."

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The much-anticipated release Thursday of the Justice Department inspector general's report is expected to call out former FBI director James Comey's insubordination and other indiscretions by senior officials at DOJ.
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