Top House Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio (R-Ohio) is demanding more details about the former senior FBI official’s misconduct linked to the 2016 election, the Washington Examiner reported.
Jordan made his request in a letter on Wednesday, July 21 to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who in a summary published this week, claimed that he had proof that backs the allegations against the unnamed FBI official.
Explaining that the summary had got the committee’s attention, Jordan requested Horowitz to provide the full unredacted case file, noting he wanted access to “all documents, communications, and other evidence related to the report.”
Horowitz was asked to produce the material by Aug. 4, 2021, at 5 p.m., the Republican representative wrote.
In the summary, the inspector general of the Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed that he had uncovered evidence to substantiate that the senior FBI official in question violated the bureau’s rules by having unauthorized communication with the media on many occasions.
The report revealed that between 2014 and 2016, the official “received items of value from members of the media” and had “unauthorized social engagements outside of FBI Headquarters involving drinks, lunches, and dinners.”
The official did not decline the tickets for two black-tie dinner parties offered to him by the members of the media, one worth $300 and the other worth $225. Transportation to the event was also granted from an unnamed reporter, the summary conveyed.
Such activities were deemed inappropriate to FBI’s policy.
The official retired before an interview with the inspector general’s office could take place. Later, he also rejected the request to join a voluntary interview.
The office said that it had the power to pressure department employees to testify after informing them that their remarks will not be used to incriminate them in a criminal case.
But with employees who no longer work for the department, including those who retire or resign during the course of the investigation, it “does not have the authority to compel or subpoena testimony” from them.
Its findings will undoubtedly add credence to suspicions that some FBI agents and other U.S. intelligence personnel have formed strong ties with journalists and other members of the media in recent years.
Former President Donald Trump and his supporters have already expressed their displeasure with the FBI’s purported coordination with the mainstream media.
Former FBI Director James B. Comey was previously accused by Trump of illegally leaking confidential data to them, including allegations that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign cooperated with Russia and issues surrounding President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s overseas business transactions.