Lawmakers Press For Details On FBI Official Who Accepted Gifts From Reporters

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Three House and Senate committees have pressed the Justice Department’s watchdog for more information about a senior FBI official who accepted tickets to sporting events from reporters and lied to investigators about it.

The chairmen of the Senate Judiciary, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and House Oversight & Government Reform Committees have asked the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to provide a full copy of a report about the official, who remains unidentified.

A summary of the report released Tuesday said the FBI official “accepted two tickets to a professional sports game as a gift from a television news correspondent who regularly covered the FBI and DOJ, in violation of federal regulations.” (RELATED: Senior FBI Official Lied About Accepting Sports Tickets From Reporters)

The official also accepted tickets from a second reporter, but lied to investigators about both exchanges.

“The senior FBI official initially maintained to the OIG in an interview under oath that the official had paid for the tickets, but five days later admitted to the OIG that the official did not. The OIG found that the senior FBI official lacked candor with the OIG in several respects about the tickets,” reads the report.

The official resigned from office during the probe and is not being recommended for prosecution.

The OIG, led by Michael Horowitz, has uncovered numerous examples of impropriety at the FBI during an investigation into the bureau’s handling of its two most high-profile investigations, the Hillary Clinton email and the Trump-Russia probes.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifies during a Judiciary Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifies during a Judiciary Committee hearing on July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Horowitz’s office discovered anti-Trump text messages exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Strzok, who oversaw the Trump-Russia probe, was removed from the special counsel’s investigation in July 2017 over the texts. He was fired on Aug. 13.

Page, an FBI attorney, resigned from the FBI on May 4.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was also fired because of the results of the OIG probe.

The OIG determined that McCabe displayed a lack of candor under oath when asked whether he authorized leaks to The Wall Street Journal in October 2016 about an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s family foundation.

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