As scores of Americans remain angry and frustrated by the FBI’s seemingly inappropriate arrest of political operative and Trump associate Roger Stone on Friday, in which the bureau employed 29 heavily armed agents, many in SWAT gear, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General quietly announced “findings of misconduct” by a pair of current FBI officials and one that has since retired.
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated this investigation upon the receipt of information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concerning multiple allegations involving an FBI contractor and three FBI officials,” the OIG said in an announcement posted online at the Justice Department.
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The OIG noted further:
The OIG found that as a result of conduct by two current senior FBI officials, and one retired FBI official, the FBI contractor engaged in certain inherent governmental activities in contravention of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Additionally, the OIG found that these three FBI officials did not adhere to Office of Management and Budget policy while managing the contractor. Further, the OIG found that the FBI contractor failed to adhere to personal conflict of interest rules under the FAR.
The OIG, which is headed by Michael Horowitz, further noted that the matter has been referred to the FBI for any further action.
The names of those suspected of misconduct were not provided, leaving many to speculate as to who the OIG had named. Four FBI officials including Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page have either been fired by the bureau or have resigned in the fallout from Spygate, the Obama-era operation launched, seemingly, to undermine POTUS Donald Trump and his administration after taking office.
It wasn’t clear whether FBI Director Christopher Wray has been notified of the OIG’s findings, or whether the White House was made aware of them.
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