IG Report Says FBI Not Affected By Political Bias

James Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation, but not due to political reasons.

The report by the Department of Justice's inspector general is out and Republicans are not going to be happy with the findings. The report faults former FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation, but did not attribute his actions to political bias.

Per Bloomberg, the report, which will be made public later today, says that Comey did not follow FBI protocol when he held a press conference to announce the FBI findings in July 2016 and then reopened the investigation with a memo to Congress in October. Comey was also criticized for not keeping DOJ superiors, including then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, informed about the investigation.

"While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,” Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the report’s conclusions.

The Washington Post reports that the report will also contain previously unseen text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page wrote to Strzok.

“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.

The inspector general condemned the texts, but said that there was no evidence that they affected the FBI's work.

“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed,” Horowitz said in the report . “The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”

The full report will be released to the public on Thursday afternoon.

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JohnGaltTexas
JohnGaltTexas

Horse. Crap.

RFlynn
RFlynn

@Bill -- All prosecutors "hide their actions behind a cloak of legality". It's called the rule of law.

streiff_is_a_moron
streiff_is_a_moron

@Clodagh - Hark! A White Knight Arrives! At least I'm not a fucking troglodytic moron who is incapable of seeing this President for the dog shit filled garbage bag in a suit that he is. If the FBI had a plan to take down Trump, why didn't they use it? Get off your horse and answer the damn question.

Bill_NC
Bill_NC

In TV crime shows, the good guys search and find that the suspect had means, motive, and opportunity. That perfectly describes Strzok, Comey, and the rest of those suspects. I think that Guliani's description is correct: the 'collusion' investigation IS THE EVIDENCE that these people did use their office to affect the election. Also, not prosecuting Hillary is more evidence that their means, motive, and opportunity really did result in actions that affected Hillary positively and Trump negatively. They all hid their actions behind a cloak of legality, but their motives were plain as day.

Clodagh
Clodagh

Streiff (who lives in your head rent-free)....... As Bill Murray said to Jane Curtain - '[Streiff] you ignorant slut'.

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