October 17, 2018

Grassley Seeks Details on Retired Senior FBI Official who Took Gifts from Reporter, then Misled Investigators about it

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley requested details on a Justice Department Inspector General investigation into a former Senior FBI official who inappropriately accepted tickets to sporting events from TV news correspondents who frequently cover the Justice Department and FBI.  According to the IG’s investigative summary, the IG began investigating the matter after reviewing text messages as a part of its pre-election review of actions by the FBI and DOJ.  When questioned by the IG, the FBI official reportedly said the tickets were paid for before later admitting that they were provided as gifts. The FBI official resigned during the IG’s investigation, and DOJ declined to prosecute for unknown reasons.
 
In a letter, Grassley requested the full report on the investigation.  Earlier this year, Grassley convened a Judiciary Committee hearing on the IG’s pre-election review.
 

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