The U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general faulted the department Wednesday for not having clearer guidelines for its attorneys participating in matters that involve former clients, noting that conflict issues have arisen in three recent internal investigations.

In a letter to deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz raised concerns that “the Department does not have a specific policy requiring express authorization for DOJ attorneys to participate in the criminal or civil investigation or prosecution of former clients.”

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