REPORT: FBI Agents Violated Policy Schmoozing With Media, Got Meals, Drinks, Sports Tickets

Remember when all those leaks were somehow coming out of Washington and being passed to the press? Now we know why. Members of the FBI were schmoozing with members of the media who were in some cases, giving them all kinds of gifts.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Dozens of FBI agents violating policy by schmoozing with the press: IG report

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So many FBI officials are talking to the press and attending “social events” with the media that it’s impossible to say who might have leaked confidential information to the media during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private emails, according to a report from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.

That report said the IG has “profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review.”

One mission of the IG was to see who might have leaked information from the FBI during the Clinton email probe. But it said that investigation had to continue, in part because so many FBI officials are talking to the press.

“We frequently find that the universe of Department and FBI employees who had access to sensitive information that has been leaked is substantial, often involving dozens, and in some instances, more than 100 people,” the IG said.

This is bad:

“[W]e identified instances where FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events.”

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