A new report from the Department of Justice Inspector General has been revealed to the public by Bloomberg News. The report is related to the actions taken by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election concerning Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server, and in it, James Comey gets raked over the coals.
According to Bloomberg, Michael Horowitz — the IG — is the same fellow who recommended that former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe be prosecuted for leaking information to the media. He states in this new report that former Director James Comey violated protocol in his handling of this investigation, but the reason he did so was not due to political bias.
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.Advertisement - story continues below
Horowitz said that Comey had troublingly failed to inform the Department of Justice in advance about his July 5 statement condemning Clinton for carelessness but absolving her of criminal activity. Horowitz said that Comey’s failure to coordinate with the DOJ involved a “troubling lack of any direct, substantive communication” with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Horowitz added that Comey should have coordinated with Lynch before sending his October 28, 2016 letter to Congress announcing the reopening of the Hillary email investigation based on discoveries on Anthony Weiner’s computer. Horowitz stated:
We found it extraordinary that, in advance of two such consequential decisions, the FBI director decided that the best course of conduct was to not speak directly and substantively with the attorney general about how best to navigate those decisions.Trending:
While Horowitz did investigate anti-Trump text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, he found that there was no “documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed.” He did state, “The conduct by these employees cast a doubt over the entire FBI investigation.”
You can almost hear the spin happening by both parties on this report. Democrats will likely state that the mishandling of the situation damaged Hillary’s chances of cinching a victory in the election, while the GOP will say that Horowitz is wrong and that Comey was biased, looking to work against the Republican Party at every turn.
Basically, this report doesn’t really clear anything up at all, but that won’t prevent folks from attempting to twist it up and use it come election time later this year.
Source: The Daily Wire