IG report confirms ex-FBI Director Comey's insubordination
15 June, 2018, 03:36 | Author: Edward Snyder
"According to the report, Page texted Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?
Trump and his Republican allies seized on the text messages, saying they showed that officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation were biased against Trump and on a politically motivated "witch hunt".
"If the reason they fired James Comey is because of his exoneration of Hillary, why haven't they corrected that exoneration?" he said. Cases that end without charges are rarely discussed publicly. Comey sent a letter in late October 2016 to members of Congress announcing that his investigators were examining the new emails, essentially re-opening the probe.
Comey declined to comment when approached Thursday in Minneapolis.
"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias, or other improper considerations", the report said, according to the source.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was "alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI" in the Clinton probe.
The report assesses the actions of a number of key players and events, including then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton, the text messages from Page and Strzok and then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's response to the discovery of new emails found on Weiner's laptop.
The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the "damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the [Clinton e-mail] investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact-finding and political independence".
"This report confirms what we have known for a long time - that the FBI inappropriately applied a double standard to the Clinton and Trump investigations which hurt her and helped elect him", Mr Podesta told Reuters.
Mr Trump's allies have signalled they will use the Horowitz report to press their argument Mr Comey did not act properly while overseeing the Russian Federation probe.
The inspector general's 500-page report was released to the public Thursday.
The investigation included Horowitz reviewing Comey's July news conference where he announced Clinton was "extremely careless" in handling classified information but hadn't committed enough wrongdoing for a prosecutor to pursue. However, Trump's original justification for axing Comey - failing to follow Justice Department protocols - quickly fell by the wayside when Trump said he did it with the "Russia thing" on this mind. But he quickly added, "It's also important to note what the Inspector General did not find". Another Democrat, Sen. Chris Coons of DE, tweeted that the report is not proof of a conspiracy and that Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election should be allowed to proceed without interference.
"Officials from both agencies have created a perception they misinterpreted the Espionage Act by stating Secretary Clinton lacked the requisite "intent" for charges to be filed", the memo says, before pointing to statements by Comey that indicated a belief that intent was required - which the memo says ignored "meaningful aspects" of the law.
Comey first recommended against prosecuting former Secretary of State Clinton then announced he was reopening the investigation just days before Election Day.
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