U.S. Senate Democrats on Monday pressed Justice Department officials about whether some FBI agents may have leaked damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Rudy Giuliani, now an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, shortly before the 2016 election.
…Monday’s Senate hearing followed publication last week of a report by FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz that concluded that former FBI Director James Comey made a “serious error of judgment” when he announced he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server a few weeks before the election.
…At Monday’s hearing, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy asked Horowitz if his office had investigated “the leaks of FBI personnel who were actively taking steps to sway the election to Mr. Trump” in his report on the FBI’s handling of an investigation into Clinton’s use of email server.
“That’s correct …” [Horowitz replied.]
…Democrats have repeatedly raised questions about leaks to Giuliani because of public comments he made before the election.
Two days before Comey reported to Congress in October 2016 that the FBI was reopening the probe to review the newly discovered Clinton emails, Giuliani appeared on Fox News and predicted some “pretty big surprises” about Clinton.
Horowitz’s report said that a group of retired FBI agents was briefed on the Clinton email investigation on October 21, 2016, days before Comey’s announcement.
The report also discusses widespread problems with leaks to the media and said senior FBI officials were afraid that some officials in the bureau’s New York field office were behind some of the leaks.