On Thursday, the Department of Justice inspector general announced a new review of how the Justice Department and FBI handled the Hillary Clinton email scandal in the lead-up to November's election.

The probe will look into why FBI Director James Comey decided to make public comments about the Clinton email investigation, and also whether he and the Justice Department followed established protocols.

On "America's News HQ" today, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton pointed out that this review could have been launched anytime after the election, yet it's initiated just one week before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

"It seems a political decision to announce the investigation just before a new administration comes in," Fitton told Heather Nauert.

He pointed out that the Justice Department inspector general is a political appointee of President Obama.

"It seems to me a favor for the Clinton camp," Fitton said. "I think it's going to make it harder for any investigations into the Clinton email matter to proceed. And it sends a signal to both the FBI and the Justice Department: If you look into the Clinton email issue, you may be subject to review."

"It's just not credible that this investigation was designed for any other reason than to provide political cover and protection for Hillary Clinton [from] the Trump administration."

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