(FiveNation.com)- The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General released a Public Trust Report last week warning that the DOJ has strayed from its policies put in place to avoid the appearance of political bias. The report also found that the DOJ is permitting employees to resign or retire rather than face discipline for misconduct.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the report that the Justice Department must address the public perception problem if it hopes to maintain its objectivity and “insulation from political influence.”
The DOJ unleashes law enforcement on parents protesting school boards in response to a letter co-written by the National School Boards Association and the White House.
The DOJ and the FBI conduct raids on Project Veritas reporters including James O’Keefe, then leak to the New York Times the contents of O’Keefe’s privileged communications with his lawyers pertaining to his ongoing lawsuit against the New York Times.
The problem isn’t “public perception;” the problem is the Department of Justice’s actions.
Horowitz’s report determined that DOJ rules and policies in many cases weren’t followed. He warns that for the Department to remain effective as “the guardian of the rule of law,” the public must have trust in “its integrity, impartiality, and ability to effectively administer justice.”
That ship sailed during the RussiaGate hoax.
Horowitz urges the DOJ to ensure that it is adhering to the policies and procedures in place to protect the Justice Department from “accusations of political influence or partial application of the law.”
Another big problem Horowitz found was the Justice Department and the FBI are allowing employees facing misconduct investigations to preemptively retire or resign to avoid discipline. Horowitz notes that in 2017 and 2018, ten percent of the misconduct cases before the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility were closed before completion because the employee left.
Regarding attorney misconduct, Horowitz wrote that it would strengthen confidence in the DOJ if the department ensures that “attorney professional misconduct matters” are handled in the same way misconduct allegations against law enforcement agents or other DOJ employees are handled.
You can read the full report HERE.