FBI and DOJ being investigated over actions during US election

A government watchdog will look into actions made by officials

FBI and DOJ being investigated over actions during US election

Hilary Clinton attends the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative| Image: PA images

A U.S. government watchdog said on Thursday that it would examine the FBI's actions during the U.S. election.  

They will specifically look at whether the FBI followed proper procedures in its probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he would look into "certain actions" by FBI and DOJ officials during the election. 

Horowitz will be investigating FBI Director James Comey regarding the Clinton investigation, and whether underlying investigative decisions may have been based on "improper considerations."

Comey publicly said on the 5th of July that Clinton and her top aides were "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information" but didn't pursue charges. 

The statement released today from the Justice Department’s Inspector General said there will also be an examination of whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have removed himself from participating in the Clinton e-mail investigation.

The statement released by the department said "the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a review of allegations regarding certain actions by the Department of Justice (Department) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in advance of the 2016 election."