Inspector General Debunks Trump's Political Bias Claims Against Comey

Inspector General Debunks Trump's Political Bias Claims Against Comey

Inspector General Debunks Trump's Political Bias Claims Against Comey

The report found that Comey deviated from FBI and Justice Department norms during the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. The watchdog said that then-FBI Director James Comey was "insubordinate" with regard to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and incorrect in his actions, but did not allege that he was politically motivated. One was to hold a press conference in July 2016 announcing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not be recommending charges against Clinton.

During the campaign, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani-a Trump backer who once served as a USA attorney in Manhattan-claimed that he was in touch with current FBI employees who informed him that many agents were unhappy that Comey had announced the bureau would not recommend indicting Clinton.

Perhaps the most damaging new revelation in the report, according to multiple people familiar with it, is a previously unreported text message in which Peter Strzok, a key investigator on both the Clinton email case and the investigation of Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, assured an FBI lawyer in August 2016 that "we'll stop" Trump from making it to the White House.

"According to the report, Page texted Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right? The special counsel is looking into whether Trump's firing of Comey in May 2017 was an effort by the president to obstruct justice by derailing the FBI's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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 rejected this characterization "a false dichotomy" and said "the two doors were actually labeled "follow policy/practice" and 'depart from policy/practice'".

While a highly anticipated report from inspector general Michael Horowitz will criticize the officials' conduct, he reportedly concluded there is no evidence that they acted improperly or tried to influence the outcome of the investigation.

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Comey, Strzok, and Page all reportedly used their private emails to conduct official business.

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

At more the 500 pages, the meticulously crafted report is filled with countless details and appears to be the result of a painstaking investigation.

Both sides of the partisan divide in USA politics are expected to use the Horowitz report to press their cases against Mr Comey.

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. The president is likely to applaud the report as evidence that he was right to fire Comey.

He also said he didn't know if it was in line with DoJ policy; Horowitz concludes that it wasn't. "The opinions to me that matter are the opinions of the people that are relevant to our work, day in and day out, all across this country", Wray said during a press conference.

The inspector general's report was originally expected in May, and earlier this month, Trump questioned on Twitter whether its publication had been delayed because the findings were "being changed and made weaker". The pair, who were engaged in a romantic relationship for a period of time, have come under scrutiny by Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill given their brief stints on the special counsel's team.

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