IG finds Comey 'deviated' from FBI procedures

A goal of the internal investigation was to discern whether or not political bias of the agents involved tainted the credibility of the probe.

President Trump is likely to seize on the report to argue he was right to fire the former FBI director, who had been leading an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The report has always been expected to criticise the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a nonpartisan law enforcement agency became entangled in the 2016 presidential race.

In an op ed for The New York Times, Comey wrote that the report "also resoundingly demonstrates that there was no prosecutable case against Mrs. Clinton, as we had concluded. Right?!" Page texted Strzok in one exchange in August 2016. "We'll stop it", he responded. Strzok and Page had worked on that investigation as well.

The IG also said that Comey did not follow procedures in the way that he announced the end of the Clinton investigation, in July 2016, and the decision not to pursue any criminal charges.


But in October 2016, less than two weeks before Election Day, Mr Comey sent members of Congress a letter disclosing that the probe was being reopened after new emails were found on the computer of the husband of top Mrs Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Wray said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is going to review the inspector generals' findings and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will take appropriate action to hold people accountable if need be.

"This is as wrong as it gets", the six-term congressman said. "Now we see it in actual writing in this report that the swamp was doing everything possible to try to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president". They also reveal a rancid contempt towards Donald Trump as well as Americans who support him.

The report characterized the politically-charged text messages as "antithetical to the core values of the FBI", but investigators "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed". Jerry Nadler of NY and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

Comey tweeted today that the IG's conclusions are reasonable, but that he disagrees with some of them.


Remarkably, at least two unauthorized phone calls to reporters came from an "unattributed FBI HQ phone number", the IG report says - suggesting that some employees at the bureau were brazenly leaking information from phones in the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, disputed the finding that the investigation was not motivated by political bias.

"No, I'm not going to say anything", he said, laughing.

The report by the Justice Dept.'s inspector general's office said some of the things that happened during the investigation were inconsistent with "longstanding policies, practices and norms".

"We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed", Horowitz said.


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