The website of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice lists a number of investigations the Inspector General’s office is undertaking. In particular, it lists this one:
FBI’s Confidential Human Source Program
The OIG is auditing the FBI’s Confidential Human Source Program. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) assess the FBI’s management and oversight of its Confidential Human Source Program, to include the FBI’s oversight of payments to confidential human sources, (2) examine the FBI’s confidential human source policies to ensure consistency with the Attorney General Guidelines, and (3) assess the FBI’s process of determining reliability and appropriateness of confidential human sources.
My question is, has the Inspector General’s Office what prompted this review? Has it stated that President Trump prompted this review?
The reason I ask that when it was reported in May 2018 that in 2016 the FBI had used a confidential human source, London-based American Professor Stefan Halper, as part of the Trump-Russia investigation, President Trump referred to this as “Spygate” and called on the Department of Justice to investigate it. (What Stephan Halper did was approach Carter Page and George Papadopoulos and asked them whether they knew about Russia’s email hacking efforts.) And in response Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked the Inspector General’s Office to investigate it.
But at the time DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said that this would be looked into a part of the Inspector General’s FISA abuse investigation, not as part of some separate investigation:
The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct.
So has the Inspector General’s Office discussed whether this was just a routine audit of the FBI’s Confidential Human Source Program, or whether this was prompted by Trump’s concerns about the FBI’s use of Stefan Halper?
EDIT: My question has been revised to be about what the Inspector General’s Office has stated, not about “intentions”, so I request that it be reopened.