DOJ Inspector General: Comey Mishandled Clinton Email Probe

Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

President Donald Trump on Friday called a new report by the Justice Department "a total disaster" for both former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and the institution he once led and highlighted one of its more damaging revelations in a series of morning tweets.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in a long-awaited, 500-page report that Comey made a "serious error of judgement" in announcing he was reopening the email server probe just before the 2016 US presidential election.

We knew that Strzok, an FBI agent who was involved in both the Clinton investigation and the FBI probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, had engaged in an extramarital affair with an FBI lawyer named Lisa Page.

The president's allies seized upon text messages, pointing to one from an agent in August 2016 that said "We'll stop it" in reference to a potential Trump victory.

The report did, however, conclude Comey's actions had injured the reputation of federal law enforcement - and that texts between FBI officials Strzok and Page created the appearance of bias at the bureau.

Another referred to supporters as "lazy POS that think we will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing."Hannity also had one last question for current FBI Director Chris Wray, regarding Strzok". That was the greatest political mistake, Trump said.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington.

In January a year ago, Horowitz had announced to launch a probe into the department and the FBI's handling of the investigation into Clinton's private email server.


The inspector general's report said that exchange "is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects".

Former FBI director James Comey will "now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI", Donald Trump has said.

Among Comey's missteps during the Clinton email investigation was his decision in July 2016 to publicly call for Clinton's exoneration before the probe had concluded; followed by his revelation to Congress weeks before the election that the FBI had reopened its investigation.

"The end result was wrong", Trump said of the report.

Trump told Doocy that he is "actually proud because I beat the Clinton dynasty, I beat the Bush dynasty and now, I guess, hopefully, I'm in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence".

The report also criticizes Comey for not keeping then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other Justice Department superiors properly informed about his handling of the investigation.

"We're well on our way to denuclearization", Trump said, adding that he "saved a lot of money by agreeing to halt military exercises with South Korea".

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