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Tomorrow’s DOJ Report Could Answer Some Questions About Rudy Giuliani

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June 13, 2018 1:19 p.m.

Days before the 2016 election, Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox News and claimed he had known the FBI would be reviewing more Clinton emails before then-FBI Director James Comey, in his infamous letter, made that information public.

“I did nothing to get it out, I had no role in it,” Giuliani said. “Did I hear about it? You’re darn right I heard about it, and I can’t even repeat the language that I heard from the former FBI agents.”

Was Rudy telling the truth? We’ll likely find out tomorrow, when the Department of Justice Inspector General’s office releases its long-awaited report into the episode, as well as into several other allegations that the FBI or DOJ acted improperly.

As the late investigative reporter Wayne Barrett chronicled for the Daily Beast, Giuliani’s ties to the New York office of the FBI date back to the 1980s, when Giuliani was the U.S. attorney for Manhattan. And the office was no friend of Hillary Clinton; one source described the FBI to reporter Spencer Ackerman as “Trumpland.”

So it is entirely possible that the New York office was leaking, and that it was leaking to Giuliani. (We also won’t be surprised to learn that Giuliani was full of hot air.)

But there’s a second question on which we also hope to get some insight: Were the New York office’s leaks a factor in Comey’s decision to go public, and send Congress that letter saying that the agency had reopened its investigation? Or, perhaps, was Comey afraid of leaks from elsewhere in the Bureau? Did he assume he had to act because the information would come out either way?

We may learn the answers to those questions tomorrow. Look for our coverage of the IG report early in the afternoon.

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