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Inspector General Debunks Trump's Political Bias Claims Against Comey

14 June 2018, 08:45 | Erica Roy

DOJ Watchdog's Clinton Report Expected to Reignite Battle Over FBI Probes

Hillary Clinton

"What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey".

He concluded, according to a copy of the report obtained by Bloomberg News, that Mr Comey damaged the law enforcement agencies' image of impartiality, even though he was not motivated by political bias.

Of particular interest is Comey's announcement two weeks before the 2016 election that the agency was reopening the Clinton email probe after stumbling upon the new material.

The report comes 18 months after Horowitz announced that his office would look into alleged misconduct surrounding Comey's handling of the investigation into the former Democratic presidential nominee's emails, including allegations that DOJ and FBI policies or procedures were not followed relating to the July 5, 2016 announcement that the bureau wasn't recommending any charges against Clinton.

At a congressional hearing last May, he said he was concerned that the Justice Department could not "credibly" announce the conclusion of its investigation, in part because the attorney general at the time, Loretta Lynch, had met aboard her plane with former President Bill Clinton.

More recently, the President has signaled a hope that the inspector general's report will vindicate his instincts on Comey.

"The recommendations we made on the dismissal of Comey resulted from his handling of certain cases that were laid out in his (Rosenstein's) recommendation to me or his analysis to me and my recommendation to President Trump", Sessions said.

The president "is really anxious to see the report", said a person familiar with the planned Thursday briefing. There are so many frightful things to tell, the public has the right to know.

The Latest on a report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Horowitz is also expected to provide a frank assessment of how former FBI Director James Comey ignored longstanding departmental norms at key moments in the Clinton probe.

In an interview with the Hill's new television show "Rising", which aired Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is open to firing employees if the inspector general's report warrants it. "Right?!" the lawyer, Lisa Page, wrote to Strzok. "We'll stop it", Strzok responded in the August 2016 exchange.

Comey said he faced the tough choice of speaking out or concealing the information. Mueller moved swiftly to remove Strzok from the inquiry when the text messages were revealed and Page is no longer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump lashed out anew at the Russian Federation investigation on Thursday in a pair of tweets. Comey informed Congress of the emails October 28, 2016.

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