The announcement comes after criticism of the Justice Department notified the public about the investigation which became a major issue and distraction on the 2016 campaign trail.
The probe will most likely concentrate on FBI Director James Comey's break with protocol that had been in place for decades when he held a press conference in which he discussed a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton and made several disparaging comments about the candidate. In addition Comey decided in the waining days of the election to make public the discovery of "potentially relevant" emails pertaining to its investigation of Clinton's handling of classified information. A move that allowed Trump to cast doubt on Secretary Clinton's character and integrity at a critical time in the election.
Many believe these decisions by Comey ultimately cost Hillary Clinton the presidency as they infringed on precedents that dictate that the FBI does everything it can to avoid being drawn into the final stages of a US election.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz stared that the review would examine several allegations, including that DOJ or FBI policies were not followed.
According to a Justice Department statement, Horowitz will also examine...
• Allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters
• Allegations that the Department's Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters
• Allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information
• Allegations that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI's release of certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on October 30 and November 1, 2016, and the use of a Twitter account to publicize same, were influenced by improper considerations.
Horowitz said the decision to initiate a review was prompted by requests from numerous members of Congress and public inquiries.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the White House was not involved in the decision to investigate...
"Decisions that are made by inspectors general across the administration are independent, and this administration has assiduously protected the independence of inspectors general,"
The probe provokes an interesting question since the tenure of Justice Department Inspector General Horowitz, as a political appointee, ends along with the Obama administration and whether Trump's nominee for attorney general will he allow this investigation to continue?