Judicial Watch January FOIA Request Reveals OIG Made Fourteen Additional Criminal Referrals. Is Barr Turning the Screws on Them?

Elder Patriot – Evidence of the DOJ protecting the corrupt elements within its halls just keeps coming.

Judicial Watch obtained records through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that reveal the Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz made 14 referrals of FBI employees to the Office of Professional Responsibility for leaking.

The offenses were clearly delineated  in the referrals: Codes 4.10 (Unauthorized Disclosure – Sensitive Information); 2.5 (Lack of Candor- No Oath); and 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).

The records show that penalties for unauthorized disclosure of sensitive and/or classified information ranged from no action (due to administrative closure) to, as in the case of McCabe, dismissal. Other FBI employees’ offenses reported in the documents list several cases in which the final action was less severe than OPR’s proposal:

 

  • An unidentified employee was fired. The case was closed in July 2016.
  • An unidentified employee was given a one-day suspension without pay. The case was closed in April 2016.
  • The following year, an unidentified employee received a five-day suspension without pay, and the case was closed administratively in April 2017.
  • An SES agent who “misused an FBI database, and provided sensitive information to a former FBI employee” was reported to have had as mitigation that he felt he “had the support of his Division to use his discretion.” OPR proposed a 15-day suspension, but the final decision was to give a letter of censure. This case was closed in June 2017.
  • An unidentified employee was fired. The case was closed in May 2018.
  • An unidentified employee was recommended for dismissal but received a 45-day suspension. The case was closed in October 2017.
  • An unidentified employee was given a 14-day suspension. The case was closed in March 2016.
  • An unidentified employee, who was cited for misuse of an FBI database and unauthorized disclosure of classified/law-enforcement sensitive/grand jury information, was given a 12-day suspension. The case was closed in January 2016.
  • An unidentified employee received a letter of censure. The case was closed in August 2016.
  • An unidentified employee was given a letter of censure. The case was closed in October 2016.
  • An unidentified employee was accused of “Investigative deficiency – improper handling of documents or property in the care, custody or control of the government; unauthorized disclosure – classified/law enforcement sensitive/grand jury information” and “failure to report – administrative.” It was proposed that they be given a 30-calendar day suspension without pay; the final decision from OPR was that they were given a 10-calendar day suspension without pay. This case was closed in February 2018.
  • An unidentified employee was fired. This case was closed in October 2017.
  • An unidentified employee was given a letter of censure. It was proposed that they be fired, but the final decision was a 60-day suspension without pay. The case was closed in January 2019.

 

Former FBI Deputy Director, and later Acting Director, Andrew McCabe was the first of the fourteen FBI employees to be fired and then referred for a criminal investigation, also for leaking to the media. He wasn’t prosecuted either.

These men and women are a national disgrace. 

They stand as proof  that there really is a powerful deep state, and that there has not been a full accounting of rampant FBI misconduct during the presidential campaign of 2016.

Worse, there’s a growing possibility that no one will ever be held accountable for so severely dividing the nation and putting everyone through three years of hell… for a political agenda.

There is still hope that these employees, as senior level as they are/were, are being offered deals, by new Attorney General William Barr, in exchange evidence against even more significant targets.

Those in the crosshairs could include top aides to former-President Barack Obama, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, WH Chief of Staff Valerie Jarrett, and his Attorney General Loretta Lynch for their roles in spying on the Trump campaign.  

If that turns out to be the case then there will be almost no reasonable explanation that Obama wasn’t in the loop. 

Consider the way the classic takedown of a criminal enterprise is conducted.  Underlings are offered reduced sentences in exchange for evidence that will prove the guilt of those above them.  So on and so forth

Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, a member of the Gambino crime family, confessed to committing 19 murders, and was spared even a life sentence in exchange for delivering Godfather John Gotti on a silver platter.