The Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation into possible "misconduct" by the Justice Department and FBI director James Comey prior to the presidential election.
At issue is whether Comey's actions prior to the election influenced the election results, giving the advantage to GOP candidate Donald Trump.
The wide ranging investigation includes Hillary Clinton's email practices and the FBI director’s controversial decision to send a letter to lawmakers reopening the investigation into Clinton's emails so close to the presidential election.
The FBI probe into whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server at home concluded with Comey recommending no charges in the case.
But then Comey did the unthinkable by sending a letter to congressional leaders telling them that his agents had resumed the Clinton email investigation based on new emails discovered on the laptop of a top Clinton aide.
The Washington Post reports senior Justice Department leaders had warned Comey not to send the letter, because it violated a long-standing department policy against taking any overt action so close to the election.
Then Comey dropped another bombshell just days before the election, saying he would not change his earlier decision not to charge Clinton.
The 2 letters were a game changer, according to Clinton's supporters, who say the letters damaged her momentum in the close presidential race, which Donald Trump won by a landslide.