James Comey made ‘error of judgement’ in Hillary Clinton probe

17 June, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 500-page report called Comey "insubordinate" for his decisions to keep his DOJ superiors out of the loop.

Noah added that the "worst part" of the findings were texts between Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-intelligence agent Peter Strzok and his "lover in the Federal Bureau of Investigation", that expressed anti-Trump bias, with Strzok saying President Trump would be stopped if he won the election.

In one August 2016 text message, Strzok - as he was leading the Clinton probe and the FBI investigation of Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election - said he and his team would "stop" Trump from becoming president if necessary.

The report says the watchdog "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence" that political bias directly affected parts of the probe, it says Page and Strzok's conduct "cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation".

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".

The report gave Mr Trump fresh ammunition for continued attacks on Mr Comey and for his defence that Mr Comey's firing in May 2017 - an act now central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice - was wholly justified. "It was a den of thieves", he said.

In an impromptu interview with Fox News, President Trump hammers James Comey, Peter Strzok and more for "plotting" against him; reaction and analysis on 'The Five'.


The White House said the report confirmed Mr Trump's "suspicions" about Mr Comey and about the "political bias among some of the members of the FBI".

FBI Director Christopher Wray, responding to the report at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, said report contained "sobering lessons" and "we are going to learn from those lessons".

The report mentioned the texts to be "disappointing" and said it could lead to the questioning of the integrity of the 2016 Clinton probe.

"Doesn't get any lower than that!" he added. Both Strzok and Page worked on the Clinton probe.

The Inspector General was reviewing the Clinton email investigation, not the Russian Federation investigation that has now been passed on to Bob Mueller.

"I did a great service to the people in firing him", the president wrote, justifying his firing of Comey. "I beat Bush dynasty, and now I guess hopefully I'm in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence", Trump said. The report will be presented to Congress today and has not yet been made public, but a copy was obtained by Bloomberg News.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation betrayed both Republicans and Democrats in the 2016 presidential election.

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