Watchdog report faults Comey as 'insubordinate'

Larry Hoffman
June 15, 2018

Trump is certain to use the report's harsh assessment of FBI actions to try to validate his firing of Comey a year ago, an act central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice.

Moreover, the treatment afforded to former Secretary Clinton and other potential subjects and targets was starkly different from the FBI's investigation into Trump campaign officials.

'Cause there's a new shocking phrase in town and it's one that goes like this: Dear Lisa Page, don't worry, Trump won't be president, "we'll stop it". Right?!" and a response of "No. "We'll stop it", he responded.

The report also says Mr Comey occasionally used personal email for work, including forwarding drafts of messages and other unclassified items.

But Horowitz said in the report to be issued on Thursday that "we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed". "The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation", the report reads.

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. She did not formally recuse herself from the investigation after criticism arose over the encounter, but rather said she would accept the recommendations of career Justice Department staff and the FBI.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was "alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI" in the Clinton probe.

Department ethics officials should consider implementing a review of campaign donations when department employees or their spouses run for public office.

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A bombshell new report from Sara A. Carter finds the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ signaled a surprising "willingness" to damage the Trump campaign and presidency during and after the 2016 race for the White House.

It will focus in part, on how then-FBI Director James Comey's actions may have influenced the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump's allies have signalled they would use the Horowitz report to press their argument that Mr Comey did not act properly while overseeing the Russian Federation probe. There was no justification for going public so close to Election Day.

"What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey". Supporters from both parties regard him as apolitical.

Also criticized was Comey's decision, against the recommendation of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails.

What did the report say?

Over 17 months in the making, the report - anticipated to be released at 2 p.m. ET, according to a source familiar with the plan - is expected to walk through a sequence of key events leading up to the 2016 election. The inspector general has referred the matter to the USA attorney for the District of Columbia for further investigation. He denies those charges. The two sides have said they didn't discuss anything related to the investigation.

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