WASHINGTON, March 21, 2018: When Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired for, among his many sins, lying to the FBI, Democrats and the media portrayed his dismissal as an attack on the nation’s top law enforcement agency by President Trump. Lost in all the Trump-Derangement hysteria was one name: Michael E. Horowitz, Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Justice.
Michael E. Horowitz: Rooting out corruption
It was Horowitz’s investigative report on McCabe’s leaks to the press, coupled with his lying about them to federal investigators, that prompted the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility to recommend Attorney General Jeff Sessions fire the rogue, high-ranking FBI official.
Fake-news outlets only obliquely mention Horowitz for one reason. The Obama administration appointee was a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s penchant for stonewalling the OIG’s oversite of the Executive Branch.
Back in 2014, then-Attorney General Eric Holder withheld documents from the OIG as well as congressional committees, which eventually earned Holder a Contempt of Congress citation.
The first for a sitting Attorney General.
Obama, the artful dodger
The Obama administration’s stonewalling of the OIG, in clear violation of the law, prompted 47 Inspector Generals, including Horowitz, to send a letter to Congress in August of that year, complaining they “faced restrictions on their access to certain records.”
Hiding Operation Fast and Furious
One month later, in testimony before Congress, Horowitz noted the Justice Department’s “significant delays” in granting OIG inspectors “access to important information in other reviews… that culminated in our 2012 report on ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious.”
You may recall that Obama’s Justice Department, by way of the ATF, sold around 2,000 weapons to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa drug cartel, culminating in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
A tainted Special Counsel
Horowitz told the House Judiciary Committee:
“Since 2010 and 2011, the FBI and some other Department components have not read Section 6(a) of the IG Act as giving my Office access to all records in their possession and therefore have refused our requests for various types of Department records. As a result, a number of our reviews have been significantly impeded.”
The FBI director in “2010 and 2011” is today’s Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.
When House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes recently appeared on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” program, he said,
“I keep reminding people, Congress cannot prosecute. All we can do is make referrals to the Justice Department. And then the challenge is, who are we going to refer it to? Because, as you know, we don’t know who over at the Justice Department is involved in this.”
Time for a new Attorney General: Michael E. Horowitz
It’s clear Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal in the Trump/Russia collusion matter allowed Obama administration holdovers at Justice to wage, with the aid of the mainstream media, a smear campaign against the duly-elected Trump administration. As well as a legal witch hunt under tainted former FBI Director Mueller.
It may be time for President Trump to fire the incompetent Jeff Sessions and replace him with a more robust investigator of government corruption.
That man, I would humbly suggest, is Michael E. Horowitz.
Top image: Michael E. Horowitz, Office of Inspector General. C-SPAN screen grab.