IG report 'destroys' ex-FBI Director Comey

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Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly left the bureau in January, as watchdogs raced to finish their report, and later was sacked outright. In a New York Times opinion piece released after the report, Comey said he disagreed with some conclusions but respected the watchdog's work. It may also fault former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others. Mueller promptly removed Strzok from his staff. Page left Mueller's staff before the texts became public. The 500-page document focused on the FBI's handling of the investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Speaking recently to reporters, Trump suggested the inspector general's findings could be something of a "birthday present" for him.

The report's findings are set to be made public later Thursday.

The first is that James ComeyJames Brien ComeySunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russian Federation probe, migrant family separation Giuliani: FBI, prosecutors investigating Trump belong in the psych ward Outrageous political bias determined the course of the Clinton "investigation" MORE was insubordinate.

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"The FBI should not have spoken publicly about the case after recommending against criminal charges", the two Democratic leaders said. Moreover, when asked why they were using work phones to conduct private conversations, Page responded with an answered that revealed a striking level of unprofessionalism.

Had it been brought up earlier, then-FBI Director James Comey says the FBI could've completed the new investigation and possibly never told Congress - just days before voters cast their ballots, no less - that the FBI was reopening its Clinton probe. Even more concerning was her June 2016 meeting on a Phoenix airport tarmac with former President Clinton, casting additional uncertainty toward the Clinton email investigation. Republicans alleged that she knowingly hazarded important secrets and received sympathetic treatment from Lynch.

We already knew from Comey's public comments that he believed Clinton was going to win and that belief was in his mind when he made the decision to send his letter to Capitol Hill.

"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues meant to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information", Comey told reporters at the time. The Justice Department inspector general said the office was "deeply troubled" by the content of these messages and said they "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations".

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Comey eventually appeared before lawmakers to explain his findings, and promised to update them if any new information came to light. It also chastised him for announcing, again without Justice Department backing, that the investigation would be reopened because of newly discovered emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop.

And then, just days before the election, Comey went public again, to tell lawmakers he had found no new bombshells and would again close the investigation with no charges - on November 6.

The Republicans allege bias against Donald Trump in his campaign against Clinton. "That's not really a surprising conclusion for anyone who knows how DOJ is supposed to work".

President Donald Trump is bashing the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling as a "pile of garbage" ahead of the release of a highly anticipated report looking into the Justice Department's conduct during the 2016 election.

In a book published this year, Comey defended himself as caught in a "500-year flood", and he concluded he would probably take the same actions that drew so much criticism of himself and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Whether the Justice Department's former top lobbyist improperly shared information with the Clinton campaign or should have been recused because of his friendship with campaign chairman John Podesta. "The damage caused by these employees' actions extends far beyond the scope of the (Clinton) investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence".

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".

Horowitz did establish some limits about what he's expected to conclude in his report. His lawyer also issued a statement saying there was no evidence that Strzok's political views affected his actions. "The IG report is a blockbuster".

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