Watchdog sees errors, not bias, in FBI's probe of Clinton emails

Watchdog sees errors, not bias, in FBI's probe of Clinton emails

"[Comey] gave his people too long of a leash knowing or he should have known that they had political animus in favor of Mrs. Clinton or against Donald Trump", Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said during an interview on "The Intel Report".

"The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation", the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, said in the report.

The report underscores efforts by senior FBI and Justice Department leaders in the final stages of the presidential race to juggle developments in the Clinton investigation - she had used private email for some government business while secretary of state - with a separate probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation that was diverting FBI resources and attention.

Comey was also criticized for not contacting Lynch or then Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates directly about sending a letter to Congress on October 28, 2016, regarding the decision to reopen the investigation because of newly-discovered emails.

Bloomberg earlier reported, citing a copy of the US Justice Department's watchdog that former FBI Director James Comey had deviated from the bureau's norms, however, he wasn't motivated by political bias. The report acknowledged that certain emails appeared to contain classified information, but investigators determined the FBI's conclusion that Clinton did not intend to expose classified information was legitimate.

"One of the most damming pieces of evidence was a never before seen text message from embattled FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok to his paramour former FBI Attorney Lisa Page where he suggests that he will not allow Trump to become president", she adds.

Strzok's and Page's names first made headlines a year ago, when it emerged that they exchanged several text messages that demonstrated pro-Clinton and anti-Trump political views. The FBI's actions and those of former Director Comey severely damaged the credibility of the investigation, the public's ability to rely on the results of the investigation, and the very institutions he claims to revere. "And I could be wrong, but we honestly made a decision between those two choices that even in hindsight - and this has been one of the world's most painful experiences - I would make the same decision".

More news: Zero teaser featuring Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan released
More news: Navarro sorry for 'special place in hell' for Trudeau remark
More news: Navarro apologizes for harsh comment about Canada PM

Comey announced the Clinton investigation was being re-opened just days before the general election. "We'll stop it", Strzok replied.

Uh huh. And what about Comey's decision not to accuse Clinton of "gross negligence"?

People familiar with the report's findings say the inspector general has reached unflattering conclusions for many Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

In tweets, Trump has called Comey's investigation into Clinton "phony and dishonest" and said that Comey, who he fired on May 9, 2017, left the FBI's reputation in tatters.

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.

As time has passed, Lynch has said she regretted the encounter, but she never formally recused herself from the investigation - instead saying she would accept the recommendations of career Justice Department staff and the FBI.

"That decision is not permanent and can be reversed", said Napolitano.

Related Articles

  • Trump, Kim reach hands across history

    Trump, Kim reach hands across history

    Mr Kim and Mr Trump are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other, and security is high across the area. Since then, he's launched almost 100 missiles and conducted North Korea's most powerful nuclear tests.
    Toronto Raptors Hire Assistant Nick Nurse To Replace Dwane Casey

    Toronto Raptors Hire Assistant Nick Nurse To Replace Dwane Casey

    The Raptors conducted a month-long search after firing coach Dwane Casey, but ended up staying within the family. Nurse, who turns 51 in July, had been on Casey's staff in Toronto since 2013.
    Raccoon finally caught after making it to top of St. Paul building

    Raccoon finally caught after making it to top of St. Paul building

    The animal appeared to start climbing down the building as nightfall arrived, but was soon spotted reversing course. Photos on social media showed the little dude, dubbed #MPRRacoon by Minnesota Public Radio , scaling past St.
  • Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague

    Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague

    People can protect themselves when visiting plague-infested wildlife areas by wearing insect repellent, long trousers and socks. In wild rodent populations that harbor the bacteria, plague can thrive for a long time before humans come into contact with it.
    Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

    Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

    She added though that as she had pledged to donate the money to charity, the ruling to slash the payout was disappointing. Several media organisations questioned whether the decision set a new precedent for defamation payments.
    Trump to Kim Jong Un

    Trump to Kim Jong Un

    We're at the beginning of a diplomatic process that will require patience, experience, and close coordination with our allies. Trump agreed to provide "security guarantees" to North Korea , and both countries agreed to renew relations and meet again.
  • Anthony Martial wants to leave, claims agent

    Anthony Martial wants to leave, claims agent

    Anthony Martial hasn't started many games for Manchester United under Jose Mourinho but there's no questioning his potential. It is important to remember that this season he scored 11 goals and gave ten assists in five months.
    Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth cheered on first joint royal trip

    Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth cheered on first joint royal trip

    Ingraham told the Daily Mail: "It appears that the man on Meghan's right is the cause of her fidgetiness". Their first stop featured a performance by local schoolchildren in the town of Widnes, near Liverpool.
    Federal Reserve raises interest rates

    Federal Reserve raises interest rates

    Fed officials expect to raise rates two more times this year for a total of four hikes; in March, they expected three rate hikes. After years in which the economy expanded at roughly a tepid 2 per cent annually, growth could top 3 per cent this year.
  • Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

    Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

    It is there, in a building designed by British architect Norman Foster, that Mr Trump and Mr Kim are due to meet, starting at 9am. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Cites Bible As Reason To Detain Immigrant Children

    You're a parent of young children. "Don't you have any empathy for what they go through?" Sanders accused Karem of trying to gain more time on television.
    Bad weather forces migrant ship detour in Mediterranean

    Bad weather forces migrant ship detour in Mediterranean

    Macron called Conte on Thursday, a source in the prime minister's office said, without elaborating. But this can not excuse its refusal to allow the Aquarius to dock either.