10:53, January 31 335 0 abajournal.com

2018-01-31 10:53:06
Probe is reportedly focused on ex-deputy FBI director’s apparent delay in acting on Clinton emails

A probe by the Justice Department’s inspector general is reportedly focused on an apparent three-week delay by former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe in investigating Hillary Clinton emails before the election.

Inspector general Michael Horowitz has been asking witnesses about the delay in examining the emails found on the laptop of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, the Washington Post reports in a story based on anonymous sources.

McCabe stepped down from his post on Monday, though he will remain an FBI employee until he retires and receives his full pension in March. FBI director Christopher Wray had reportedly raised concerns about the report before McCabe resigned.

The inspector general is apparently trying to determine which officials at the Justice Department and the FBI knew about the laptop emails and when they knew about it.

Then-FBI director James Comey told Congress two days before the election that a review of the laptop emails turned up nothing that would warrant prosecution. Comey had previously said Clinton should not be prosecuted for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

According to the Washington Post, “a key question” in the inspector general’s investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to delay action until after the election. It isn’t clear whether the inspector general has determined the answer, according to the article.