An important player in multiple high-level investigations which have dominated national headlines is about to go from being relatively unknown to becoming a household name – his name is Michael Horowitz.
Horowitz is the inspector general at the Department of Justice and is heavily involved in the Russia investigation and the investigation into how the FBI handled the criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – a report expected to come out in the next couple months.
The Hill reports:
A political appointee in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Horowitz’s yearlong investigation already reportedly contributed to the early resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And his work has been felt in other ways.
Horowitz also uncovered a series of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that led special counsel Robert Mueller to remove Strzok from his team. Those texts have fueled accusations among GOP lawmakers that Mueller’s probe is tainted by partisanship.
Those who know Horowitz portray him as an independent voice.
Bill Hamel, former inspector general for investigations at the Department of Education, heaped praise on Horowitz for his character.
"He is really one of the smartest and fairest people I have ever had the pleasure to work with," Hamel said. "He’s a straight shooter and a fair guy. He’s an honest broker."
"They have to be independent to do that job," Hamel continued. "They can’t be swayed by political issues."