In the short letter, Shaw said she decided to review the situation afterward a letter from Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who raised a number of questions about the State Department and urged her to act.
“OIG considers several factors when deciding whether to initiate work, including statutory requirements, available resources, our jurisdictional authority, and the existence of criteria against which to measure the Department’s actions,” she wrote. “Given these factors and the circumstances you describe in your letter, we plan to begin a preliminary review.”
Preliminary reviews are often the first steps in fact-finding processes conducted by an inspector general. They usually do not involve subpoenas or formal interviews, although they may include informal conversations with people associated with the relevant events.
The FBI is also investigating. It is not unusual for inspector general investigations to be conducted in parallel with FBI investigations investigating the same general subject.
Congressional Republicans are also looking for more information about Malley’s endorsement. Friday, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs oriented members from the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on the situation. But Speaker Michael McCaul (R.-Texas) was not impressed. His spokesman said the briefs did not provide any details about why his clearance was suspended, citing the Privacy Act. McCaul’s office is expected to follow up soon to seek more information.
Malley has said he has not been told why he lost his permit. He declined to comment for this story. A State Department spokesman said the department does not comment on individual security clearances or communications with Congress and that Malley remains on leave.