Watchdog to investigate Justice, FBI actions before election

FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building is seen in Washington. The Justice Department has issued new guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during leak investigations. The procedures, a revision of policies announced last year, are designed to give news organizations a chance to challenge subpoenas or search warrants in court. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department inspector general says he will investigate the actions of the Justice Department and FBI in the months leading up to the 2016 election, including whether department policies were followed by FBI Director James Comey.

Democrats have blamed Comey’s handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and his late-October release of a letter about the case, as a reason for her loss to Republican Donald Trump.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz says the investigation will look at whether department or FBI policies were followed in relation to Comey’s actions in the case, whether the FBI deputy director should have been recused from the investigation, and allegations that department officials improperly disclosed nonpublic information to the Clinton campaign.

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