Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Unauthorized Contacts with
the Media, Disclosing Law Enforcement and Other Sensitive Information to the Media, and
Accepting a Gift from the Media
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated this
investigation upon the receipt of information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), alleging that a then FBI Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) had numerous contacts with members of the media in violation of FBI policy. Additionally, it was alleged that the DAD may have disclosed law enforcement or other sensitive information to the media without authorization.
This matter is among the OIG investigations referenced on page 430 of the OIG’s Review of
Allegations Regarding Various Actions by the Department and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) in Advance of the 2016 Election SEE THE REPORT HERE:
The OIG investigation concluded that the DAD engaged in misconduct when the DAD: (1)
disclosed to the media the existence of information that had been filed under seal in federal
court, in violation of 18 USC § 401, Contempt of Court; (2) provided without authorization FBI law enforcement sensitive information to reporters on multiple occasions; and (3) had dozens of official contacts with the media without authorization, in violation of FBI policy.
The OIG also found that the DAD engaged in misconduct when the DAD accepted a ticket,
valued at approximately $225, to attend a media-sponsored dinner, as a gift from a member of the media, in violation of federal regulations and FBI policy.
Prosecution of the DAD was declined.
The OIG has completed this investigation and is providing this report to the FBI for appropriate action.
Unless otherwise noted, the OIG applies the preponderance of the evidence standard in determining whether Department of Justice (DOJ) personnel have committed misconduct.
Posted to oig.justice.gov on May 29, 2019