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What Happened to the Investigation Into the FBI’s 2016 Leaks?

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23.10.2020

Rudy Giuliani lowers his face mask as he approaches supporters of President Donald Trump on October 12 at a Trump campaign field office in Philadelphia.Jacqueline Larma/AP

What happened to the investigation into leaks by the FBI’s New York field office related to the 2016 Hillary Clinton email probe? It would be good, right about now, to know. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has said he’s still investigating those alleged leaks, but his office isn’t saying where the inquiry stands.

The 2016 leaks controversy is especially relevant these days because it seems to involve a familiar figure: Rudy Giuliani.

On October 25, 2016, Giuliani said on Fox News that Trump backers “had a couple of surprises left.” Two days later, he predicted: “We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around.”

The next day, FBI Director James Comey sent his infamous letter to Congress, announcing that the FBI had reopened its probe into Clinton’s emails after discovering new emails on a laptop seized from former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Republicans immediately publicized Comey’s letter.

In an interview with a conservative radio host later that day, Giuliani appeared to suggest he had gotten inside information from within the FBI. He said he had learned from former agents and “a few active agents who........

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