IG report criticizes James Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton probe

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

The Department of Justice Inspector General's report is going to be released today.

Comey came under fire for his unorthodox methods during the Clinton investigation including making a public announcement of his recommendation not to file charges, as well as his subsequent letter to Congress announcing the reopening of the probe soon before the 2016 election.

Though the inspector general condemned individual FBI officials, the report fell significantly short in supporting the assertion by the president and his allies that the investigation was rigged in favor of Clinton, according to a person familiar with its content, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share findings before the report's formal release.

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. "Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker!"

Lynch had announced that she would go along with whatever Comey recommended with regard to the Clinton case, although she didn't formally recuse herself. But it will mark the most definitive accounting of the email probe to date, looking at - among other things - whether "certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations".

The 500-page report covers examines a number of justice department and Federal Bureau of Investigation decisions, according United States media.

The Justice Department's watchdog faults former FBI Director James Comey for breaking with established protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The alleged findings come somewhat at odds with some Republicans' assertions that the report could show the agency harbored bias and that Comey - whose firing prompted the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller - violated department standards in the Clinton investigation.

What has Trump said about the inspector general's report?

"We'll stop it", Strzok responded in the August 2016 exchange.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the report could prompt more firings.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Comey's firing by the president was an obstruction of the Russian Federation investigation.

For months, the Strzok-Page story has drawn a great deal of political interest, primarily because their dislike of Trump and influence within the DOJ have raised questions over the integrity of the department's investigations. Strzok and Page, who were having an affair with one another, exchanged a series of barbed anti-Trump text messages and emails. Comey informed Congress of the emails October 28, 2016.

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