[JURIST] The internal watchdog of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that it will be investigating the DOJ and the FBI [official website] for their handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server. The DOJ Office of the Inspector General [official website] will give special focus on allegations that these entities disclosed private information and that the FBI Deputy Director should have recused himself from some participation. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz [official profile] stated that the decision to investigate comes after both public and congressional requests. The announcement by FBI Director James Comey [official profile] of the e-mail probe close to election day drew criticism from Clinton supporters.
Several Freedom of Information Act documents possessed by Hillary Clinton were released on October 30 and November 1, 2016, one week before a US presidential election fraught with discontent both before and after. Last month US Representative Steve Cohen introduced a constitutional amendment [JURIST report] that proposes eliminating the electoral college and allowing for direct election of the president and vice president. In December Trump and his supporters filed legal challenges in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin last week, in an effort to prevent recounts in those three states; however, a federal judge rejected [JURIST reports] this request.