Judicial Watch has obtained records, through a Freedom of Information Act request filed in January, that prove 14 different FBI officials leaked sensitive or classified info, 10 of them are still working for the FBI.
The Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which says it “investigates certain misconduct allegations involving federal law enforcement agents when they relate to a Department attorney’s alleged professional misconduct, as well as claims of reprisal against FBI whistleblowers.” “If OPR finds professional misconduct in a particular case, a different office—the Professional Misconduct Review Unit—reviews OPR’s findings and determines the appropriate discipline.” And then it gives recommendations to “the appropriate office.”
The actions taken against the FBI employees’ offenses were less severe than the OPR proposal, ranging from no action to dismissal, examples discovered in other documents by Judicial Watch include:
1. An unidentified employee was fired. The case was closed in July 2016.
2. An unidentified employee was given a one-day suspension without pay. The case was closed in April 2016.
3. The following year, an unidentified employee received a five-day suspension without pay, and the case was closed administratively in April 2017.
4. An SES agent who “misused an FBI database, and provided sensitive information to a former FBI employee” was reported to have had as mitigation that he felt he “had the support of his Division to use his discretion.” OPR proposed a 15-day suspension, but the final decision was to give a letter of censure. This case was closed in June 2017.
5. An unidentified employee was fired. The case was closed in May 2018.
6. An unidentified employee was recommended for dismissal but received a 45-day suspension. The case was closed in October 2017.
7. An unidentified employee was given a 14-day suspension. The case was closed in March 2016.
8. An unidentified employee, who was cited for misuse of an FBI database and unauthorized disclosure of classified/law-enforcement sensitive/grand jury information, was given a 12-day suspension. The case was closed in January 2016.
9. An unidentified employee received a letter of censure. The case was closed in August 2016.
10. An unidentified employee was given a letter of censure. The case was closed in October 2016.
11. An unidentified employee was accused of “Investigative deficiency – improper handling of documents or property in the care, custody or control of the government; unauthorized disclosure – classified/law enforcement sensitive/grand jury information” and “failure to report – administrative.” It was proposed that they be given a 30-calendar day suspension without pay; the final decision from OPR was that they were given a 10-calendar day suspension without pay. This case was closed in February 2018.
12. An unidentified employee was fired. This case was closed in October 2017.
13. An unidentified employee was given a letter of censure. It was proposed that they be fired, but the final decision was a 60-day suspension without pay. The case was closed in January 2019.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement following the release: “No wonder the FBI was leaking so profusely. Collectively, these documents show lenient treatment for evident criminal activity. Only four of the 14 employees found to have made an unauthorized disclosure were dismissed from the FBI, and even though Andrew McCabe was fired and referred for a criminal investigation for his leak, no prosecution has taken place.”