IG Report: Comey’s Handling of Clinton Investigation ‘Negatively Impacted’ FBI

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REPORT CONCLUSION: "We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally created to avoid supervision by Department leadership over his action".

The IG report didn't find the agents' political bias to directly affect investigative actions.

The valid, nonpolitical lesson arising from the inspector general's report is that the FBI needs to be better prepared to handle politically sensitive investigations.

"One of the most damming pieces of evidence was a never before seen text message from embattled FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok to his paramour former FBI Attorney Lisa Page where he suggests that he will not allow Trump to become president", she adds. But the practical effect of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's findings will likely now pour lighter fluid on an already heated debate about the actions and motivations of law enforcement that has continued to simmer throughout the Trump administration.

The report says "we find it extraordinary that". "The report also resoundingly demonstrates that there was no prosecutable case against Mrs. Clinton, as we had concluded", he wrote. Ten days before the presidential election, Comey announced the resumption of the investigation. The Russia investigation was unknown at the time to the American public.

Strzok and Page previously worked on the Russian Federation investigation, and their names made headlines previous year when it emerged they expressed anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton views in messages to one another. He was also "responsible for supervising the investigation on a daily basis", according to the report. Jerry Nadler of NY and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

This report confirms investigative decisions made by the FBI during the pendency of this investigation were unprecedented and deviated from traditional investigative procedures in favor of a much more permissive and voluntary approach.

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The practical effect of its conclusions on Comey's legacy and credibility could prove especially potent in the coming weeks and months ahead. The person was not authorized to speak on the record because the report is not yet public.

The Inspector General also examined whether FBI employees leaked information about investigations of the Clinton Foundation charitable organization and emails in a bid to help Mr Trump's campaign.

The investigation also looked at whether McCabe should have recused himself from the Clinton case since his wife received campaign contributions from the political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally, in her failed state Senate run. "I can not defend the director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken". KSTP questioned him about the report, but he declined to comment.

"This is antithetical to the core values of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice", he wrote.

The inquiry expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Comey and former Attorney-General Loretta Lynch. Lynch had come under heated criticism for agreeing to meet with former president Bill Clinton in June 2016 on her plane while it was sitting on a tarmac in Phoenix.

Hillary Clinton, move over.

Trump has expressed great interest in the inspector general's report, as well as some scepticism it might not be as damning as he hoped.