A former senior FBI official had numerous unauthorized contacts with the media and accepted gifts from reporters in violation of FBI policy, according to a Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General report. The misconduct occurred in the years leading up to the November 2016 presidential election.
“The OIG investigation substantiated the allegation that the Senior FBI Official had numerous unauthorized contacts with the media from 2014 through 2016, in violation of FBI policy,” according to the report. “In addition to substantive communications with reporters, this media contact included unauthorized social engagements outside of FBI Headquarters involving drinks, lunches, and dinners.”
Among the gifts the unnamed official accepted were black-tie dinner tickets and transportation without FBI approval.
“The OIG also found that the Senior FBI Official violated federal regulations and FBI policy when the Senior FBI Official accepted tickets from members of the media to two black tie dinner events, one valued at $225 and the other valued