FBI Senior Official Had ‘Numerous’ Improper Contacts With Reporters, Inspector General Finds

FBI Senior Official Had ‘Numerous’ Improper Contacts With Reporters, Inspector General Finds


Former FBI official Michael Steinbach repeatedly violated federal law and bureau policy in inappropriate interactions with members of the media while overseeing the discredited investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia.

Steinbach was named the FBI’s executive assistant director of its National Security Bureau in February 2016, five months before the FBI launched the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump presidential campaign. Steinbach played a leading role in overseeing the investigation. He abruptly resigned from the bureau in February 2017.

Steinbach “had numerous unauthorized contacts with the media” beginning before his ascension to executive assistant director and continuing after, according to a Department of Justice Inspector General report obtained by the New York Post.

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According to the official watchdog report, Steinbach leveraged his relationship with

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