IG Faults Comey's Judgement, But Sees No Bias

Comey broke FBI procedure in Clinton email probe says inspector general

However, ultimately after reviewing their messages and their actions, investigators concluded that Page's and Strzok's opinions did not influence their actions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will accept the findings of the inspector general and work to clean up the FBI, which has been marred by a bruising report of its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Clinton has remained steadfast in her insistence that Comey's letter helped tip the election in Donald Trump's favor.

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet.

On May 31, Trump said he did not fire Comey due to the alleged Russian meddling probe, but because of his missteps on the Clinton email probe. "No he won't. We'll stop it". I did a great service to the people in firing him.

"When you read the report, it's nearly like Comey, he goes point after point about how guilty Hillary is, and then he said, 'But we're not going to do anything about it.' The IG report was a horror show, I thought that one line of conclusion was ridiculous", Trump said.




In a long-awaited report, the department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, wrote that Comey made a "serious error of judgement" in publicly disclosing the findings of the probe during the contested election between then candidate Donald Trump and former secretary of state Clinton. There was total bias. It also said there was "no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations".

"The top people were frightful", Trump said.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog found Comey broke protocol in his handling of the email probe involving Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In particular it called Comey's actions in the case "insubordinate" in relation to his decision to make a public announcement in July 2016, in the heat of a presidential campaign, recommending against prosecuting Clinton. But he quickly added, "It's also important to note what the Inspector General did not find".

"During the 2016 campaign, Page asked Strzok: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right? "Unfortunately, over the past year, the DOJ has repeatedly fought requests by Congress to produce documents related to this investigation, and when the DOJ actually provided documents, the materials have been heavily redacted".

Mueller is looking into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, among other matters that may arise from the investigation.

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