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I’m finding that a lot of people don’t understand the role of Michael Horowitz - the DOJ Inspector General. Here is a short thread, so folks can direct their anger at the right people and understand what is happening.
Horowitz is not a prosecutor. Horowitz reviews the departments he is tasked with and ensures that they follow the rules. His office runs audits and investigations, but isn’t tasked with prosecuting anyone.
The DOJ IG only typically interviews current employees. He can interview people who leave if they voluntarily interview but doesn’t have the power to compel them to come in for an interview.
The DOJ IG can make criminal referrals if he finds that a member of the department he is reviewing has broken the law. He’s done so many times.
After he finds wrongdoing or process and procedure issues, those referrals travel from his department to the proper places- OPR, or the DOJ to make a charging decision.
The IG *should* be granted access to all records he requests. This was an issue in the Obama admin, when Eric Holder was denying information to Horowitz. Horowitz spent years on a campaign in front of congress to have laws made to protect the IG and its oversight role
He fought the Obama admin and WON. So far, Horowitz has referred the former director of the FBI and the Deputy director of the FBI for CRIMINAL prosecution. Which is about the strongest thing the IG can do- seriously - it’s a BIG DEAL and he’s done it.
Think about that- literally one of the highest serving officials in the DOJ and a man h as also once the highest serving official in the DOJ have been recommended for CRIMINAL prosecution by Horowitz. After he does that- that’s it. His hands are ties and he is done.
In cases where he finds that procedures weren’t followed, he maintains a list and ensures the department moves back into compliance in a timely manner. He is a watchdog, not a US Attorney. He does oversight.
So, when people tell you Horowitz has done nothing, direct them to this thread, and tell them to direct their anger at the justice department, the place their ire belongs for choosing to either prosecute or not prosecute, or just to keep you in the dark about it all.
And NO. I do NOT believe that this report will be a dud or lackluster AT ALL. I think it’s going to be a damning report that shows a TON of malfeasance. I’m just reading everyone stating that Horowitz hasn’t done anything when he’s already done a TON.
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