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DOJ Inspector General reveals his office is investigating James Comey

Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice's Inspector General, revealed Monday that the actions of former FBI Director James Comey were under investigation. He said that the FBI had recommended that he investigate Comey. (2017 file photo/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On Monday, Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice's Inspector General, revealed that former FBI Director James Comey's actions were under investigation on the recommendation of the agency that he used to lead.

Why is Comey being investigated?

Horowitz said that the FBI had recommended that he investigate Comey's handling of memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump. Comey had shared some of these memos with a law professor friend, knowing that his friend would pass them along to The New York Times. Some of the memos had contained classified information.

Horowitz said that a report would be released detailing what his office had determined regarding this incident.

What did Horowitz say?

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday, Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked:

Former Director Comey said on television that the Inspector General interviewed him about the handling of his memos of conversations with President Trump. Some of those memos contained classified information. Comey said he did not expect a report on his handling of classified information because, quote unquote, "that's fivolous." I don't happen to think that it is frivolous.

Question number one to Mr. Horowitz: Are you investigating Comey's handling of his memos, and does that include the classification issues, and should Mr. Comey expect a report when it is complete?

Horowitz responded:

We received a referral on that from the FBI, we are handling that referral, and we will issue that report when the matter's complete, consistent with the law and rules — a report that's consistent and takes those into account.

Grassley's question begins at 41:33 in the video below. 

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