FBI Assistant Director Engaged in Inappropriate ‘Romantic’ Relationship: DOJ Watchdog

A senior FBI official violated the agency’s policy by not reporting a romantic relationship with a subordinate, said the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) inspector general in a report this week. A summary of the report (pdf) from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which didn’t name the official, allowed the romantic relationship to “negatively affect an appropriate and professional superior-subordinate relationship and to disrupt the workplace by interfering with the ability of other FBI employees to complete their work.” In violation of the FBI’s policies, the official “failed” to report the relationship in a “timely” manner, the report also found. The official, whom the report identified as an “assistant director” of an FBI sub-agency, “participated in a hiring or organizational decision involving the subordinate,” which violates the bureau’s policy. The inspector general’s office, meanwhile, said it completed its investigation into the official. The report was sent to the FBI’s and Justice Department’s Office of …Read More

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