The Department of Justice’s inspector general is investigating a series of episodes where FBI employees received free perks from journalists.
The probe is still underway, but the inquiry’s general contours are well-established, and penalties surrounding the alleged conduct will likely be rigorous, former assistant FBI director Ron Hosko told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Because this conduct was highlighted in the report and diminishing to the FBI’s reputation, I think the Office of Professional Responsibility will take it very seriously,” Hosko said. “We’ll likely see some examples come out where people are getting harsh punishment.”
The Thursday report focused on how the Justice Department and the FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server. It also identified specific instances where employees accepted gifts from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks, meals and admittance to nonpublic social events.
Either the IG or the FBI’s internal affairs team handle investigations of this nature. Hosko told TheDCNF that the IG is more likely to handle matters deemed serious. If the IG chooses to investigate a particular set of facts, the FBI will place its internal probe of the same issue on hold.