Michael E. Horowitz

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Michael E. Horowitz
Michael E. Horowitz official photo.jpg
United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General
Assumed office
April 16, 2012
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byGlenn A. Fine
Personal details
EducationBrandeis University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Michael E. Horowitz is an American lawyer and government official. He serves as the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice.

Early life[edit]

Horowitz earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University.[1]


Horowitz has served as the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice since April 16, 2012.[1] He oversees an office with several hundred employees including auditors, attorneys, and investigators.[2] Since 2015, he has simultaneously served as the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an organization consisting of all 73 federal Inspectors General.[1]

Mr. Horowitz worked from 2002 to 2012 as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP, where he focused his practice on white collar defense, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance. He also was a board member of the Ethics Resource Center and the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Prior to working in private practice, Mr. Horowitz worked in DOJ from 1991 to 2002. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1991 to 1999, where he was the Chief of the Public Corruption Unit and a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. In 1995, he was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for his work on a complex police corruption investigation. Thereafter, he worked in the DOJ Criminal Division in Washington from 1999 to 2002, first as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then as Chief of Staff.[1]

FBI Clinton-Comey investigation[edit]

Horowitz announced in January 2017 that the Inspector General's office would examine evidence related to "allegations of misconduct" regarding FBI Director James B. Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices and whether Justice Department employees leaked information improperly during the run-up to the 2016 United States presidential election.[3] In June 2018, Horowitz released his report, concluding that Peter Strzok and other FBI employees "brought discredit to themselves" and to the agency. He found that Comey indulged in ad hoc decision-making, did not follow FBI procedures, and that he was not motivated by any political bias.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Meet the Inspector General". U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  2. ^ About the DOJ OIG, About The Office
  3. ^ Matt Zapotosky; Sari Horwitz. Justice Department inspector general to investigate pre-election actions by department and FBI. Washington Post, January 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Prokop, Andrew (June 14, 2018). "The long-awaited inspector general report on the FBI, Comey, Clinton, and 2016, explained". Vox Media. Retrieved June 15, 2018.

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