Comey 'deviated' from standard procedure in Clinton probe, report finds; Trump responds

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Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has released a long anticipated report about the FBI's behavior during the 2016 presidential election and how the Bureau handled the criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Horowitz's report did not find any evidence that political bias or improper influence impacted any decisions made in the Clinton case prior to Comey's announcement that he was closing the case-including the decision not to recommend charges against Clinton.

But the report could do more to back Democratic claims that the FBI actually contributed to Trump's victory, most notably by reopening in the final days of the race its investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information.

The two lovers were pulled away from Mueller's team when previous text messages came out and revealed their support for Clinton's presidential campaign and contempt for Trump.


Here's what you need to know. The inspector general wrote in his letter to lawmakers announcing the June 14 date that his office was following the "ordinary processes" for completing reports.

The report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog is being released Thursday afternoon and is expected to criticize the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Michael Horowitz is a Harvard Law School graduate and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY. "Rather, we concluded that they were based on the prosecutor's assessment of facts, the law, and past department practice".

To be sure, Horowitz will confront a broader set of actions taken by former senior officials at the Justice Department as well.


While the report being sent to Congress on Thursday doesn't deal with the origins of the probe into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible collusion with those around President Donald Trump, the president and his Republican supporters in Congress are primed to use it as evidence of poor judgment and anti-Trump bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

What does the report say about James Comey? . During the initial email probe, Lynch privately met with former President Bill Clinton on an airplane tarmac in Arizona. Puerile chants of "Lock her up!" notwithstanding, it's abundantly clear that Clinton did nothing seriously wrong.

The report had always been anticipated by Republicans, and by President Donald Trump, who tweeted earlier this month: "What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey".

Strzok's and Page's names first made headlines previous year, when it emerged that they exchanged several text messages that demonstrated pro-Clinton and anti-Trump political views. Trump is certain to try to use the report to validate his firing of Comey previous year.


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