Comey 'Respects' Report About Clinton Investigation

Comey 'Respects' Report About Clinton Investigation

Comey 'Respects' Report About Clinton Investigation

The FBI and its former director James Comey have been criticised for their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation by the Justice Department's watchdog.

But the report does not find evidence Mr Comey was motivated by political bias or preference in his decisions. Comey's public announcement of findings angered Republicans, while his reopening of the inquiry outraged Democrats.

Giuliani, who appeared on Fox News' "Hannity," said the U.S. Department of Justice should dismiss all those in the "phony Trump investigation" and bring in FBI agents from the NY office to probe former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Lisa Page and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok.

Republican critics seized on previous revelations from the inspector general that two FBI officials who worked on Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, exchanged text messages sharply critical of Trump. "No he won't. We'll stop it", Strzok replied.

The Horowitz report was highly critical of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two Federal Bureau of Investigation staff members who exchanged highly charged political messages, finding their texts cast a cloud over the Federal Bureau of Investigation and created the appearance of bias.

The watchdog was referring to Comey's first major flub in July, when he announced there wouldn't be any prosecution of Clinton - which the OIG says is a statement he didn't even have the authority to make. The inspector general has referred the matter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia for further investigation.

"Mueller should suspend his investigation, and he should go see Rod Rosenstein, who created him, and the deputy attorney general and Attorney General Sessions, who should now step up big time to save his department", Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday.

Congress and the White House have anxiously awaited Horowitz's report, which has taken about 18 months to complete and could affect Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

It wasn't only Comey that used a personal email account.

The 500-page report also found that Comey "deviated" from the standard practices of his agency when dealing with the probe into Clinton's classified emails.

Concerned about the "appearance that former President Clinton was influencing" the probe, Lynch began talking to her staff the next morning about possibly recusing herself from overseeing the investigation, according to the report. The IG reported that Comey used a personal Gmail account to conduct official FBI business, misconduct almost identical to that which served as pretext for the Midyear investigation.

Comey told "CBS This Morning" on May 4, 2018, he faced an impossible choice after new Clinton emails were discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner.

Lawmakers in Congress are set to be briefed on the inspector general's report on Thursday, which is likely to escalate tensions between the justice department and Trump.

"What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey", Trump tweeted on June 5.

What does the report say about Comey?

Strzok was one of the agents whose texts about seeking to keep Trump from being elected were made public to a great fury.

Bill Clinton, who was also interviewed in the IG investigation, said he had "absolutely not" discussed the email probe. Now I need to fix it and finish it.' Later in the same exchange, Strzok, apparently while weighing his career options, made this comparison: "'Who gives a [f***], one more A [ssistant] D [irector].[versus] [a] n investigation leading to impeachment?"

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