Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has postponed a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday regarding the long anticipated Department of Justice Inspector General report about FBI misconduct during the 2016 presidential election. The report was expected this week, but has not been released.
The new date for the hearing, titled "Examining the Inspector General’s First Report on Justice Department and FBI Actions in Advance of the 2016 Presidential Election," is set for Monday, June 11 at 2:00 pm et. It will be streamed live and open to the public.
As previously reported, according to early descriptions the IG investigation will hold former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe accountable for mishandling a number of elements in the case. Key officials at the center of the findings -- including DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz -- will be called to testify in front of Grassley's committee, with the goal of getting questions about politically motivated bias at the FBI answered in an open forum.
On a separate note, the Washington Post reported late Thursday Comey has been interviewed by federal prosecutors about the potential indictment of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired earlier this year for lying multiple times under oath to FBI and IG investigators.
McCabe lied on multiple occasions under oath and to inspector general and FBI investigators about the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton, the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation and more. He is found guilty in the report of improperly leaking sensitive information to the Wall Street Journal, which he then lied about and misled former FBI Director James Comey.
"The OIG found that then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor, including under oath on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the WSJ, and that this conduct violated FBI Offense Codes 2.5 and 2.6. The OIG also concluded that McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct," the report states.