Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2018

The Justice Department's inspector general put out his long-awaited report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog is releasing its much-anticipated report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Comey informed Congress of the emails October 28, 2016.

The report released on Thursday outlines a damning assessment of Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who were found to have deviated from long-standing policies and investigative procedures.

Ms Page and Mr Strzok were involved in both the Clinton and Russian Federation probes.

"If I could change time..."

It was later revealed that several emails on Weiner's laptop contained classified information.

"Comey did an oped to prebut the IG report".

The inspector general's report could have seriously undercut Comey's credibility as a witness in the Mueller investigation if it had found that he lied about his actions in the Clinton case or that his actions were politically motivated. Both said they did not discuss Hillary Clinton's case. We recognize that this is a challenging issue, because keeping information too closely held can harm an investigation and the supervision of it. Comey has defended himself at length in his book and during interviews, but look for how the inspector general treats his admission that a belief Clinton would win the election subconsciously influenced his actions. It would then be up to prosecutors to decide whether to bring criminal charges.

But Comey was, understandably, anxious about the attorney general's conflicting interests in prosecuting Clinton.

Many of Trump's most vocal supporters have latched on to that narrative, while Trump continued to publicly decry the FBI's leadership, and make unsubstantiated claims that morale at the agency was low.

"Comey admitted he went beyond the rules because of that tarmac discussion", Joe Lauria, editor of Consortium News, told Loud & Clear on Radio Sputnik Thursday.

"I'm not talking about Comey", Cortes exclaimed". The FBI had found evidence of previously undiscovered emails on the computer of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was then married to a top Clinton aide. According to the Hill, Midyear was the codename for the Clinton email investigation.

That upset Republicans, who said Mr Comey's statement could have helped Mrs Clinton's election campaign. However, the IG somehow determined that the conclusions of the Clinton email investigation were not infected with political bias.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly asserted that the FBI botched the Clinton email investigation. "Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer", he says in another text.

"According to multiple sources who spoke to The Washington Post, in a text from August 2016 Page texted Strzok: "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? "Right?!" Page reportedly said to Strzok. "No he won't. We'll stop it". "It was done by agents and analysts working hard to determine whether there was a fault here".

"I do not agree with all of the inspector-general's conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism". He also said he not briefed his bosses beforehand on the findings.

It was one of the most controversial investigations in modern FBI history and entangled the bureau, which usually stands apart from politics, in the 2016 presidential election.

First, we frequently find that the universe of Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation employees who had access to sensitive information that has been leaked is substantial, often involving dozens, and in some instances, more than 100 people.

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