Report: DOJ To Brief Trump, Congress On IG Report On Clinton Email
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will provide President Donald Trump with a sneak preview of the DOJ inspector general’s (IG) report on how the FBI investigated Hillary Clinton’s emails, The Washington Post reports.
Members of Congress will also be briefed by the Department of Justice “around the same time” as the Trump briefing on Thursday, according to the Post’s anonymous sources. White House lawyer Emmet Flood is expected to attend the president’s briefing.
The sources said Rosenstein originally planned to brief the president on Thursday morning but the meeting was moved to the afternoon due to scheduling issues with Trump. The unnamed White House staffers said they did not know precisely what the scheduling conflict was.
Trump “is really anxious to see the report,” according to a staffer aware of the briefing. According to the Tribune report, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani will not be present at the briefing.
The IG report’s anticipated release was May, prompting Trump to ask in a tweet if document was “being changed and made weaker.”
In a statement, DOJ spokesman John Lavinsky said it is not atypical for the IG’s office to release reports to Congress and the media before the public sees them and “for the Justice Department to brief the White House in the same manner and at the same time as the OIG briefs Congress and the press is consistent with this process.”
The IG is likely to chastise former FBI director James Comey as well as other senior bureau officials in the report, for how they investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct the her business as secretary of state.