The inspector general’s report on the way Barack Obama’s Department of Justice and FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails has just been released, and what it has revealed is shocking.
Daily Mail reported that the report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that former FBI Director James Comey “deviated” from the standard practices of his agency when dealing with the probe into Clinton’s classified emails.
“While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,” the report read.
Comey, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and FBI official Peter Strzok, all were slammed in the report. Horowitz stated that “the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.” However, he added that his office “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed.”
Most of Horowitz’s criticism went to Lynch and Comey, as he wrote that he found a “troubling lack of any direct, substantive communication” between them before the July 5, 2016 press conference where then-FBI director Comey appeared to let Clinton off the hook for housing classified emails on an unsecured private server.
Horowitz then slammed them for not communicating before Comey’s October 28 letter to Congress, in which he said additional emails had been found that caused him to restart the probe.
“We found it extraordinary that, in advance of two such consequential decisions, the FBI director decided that the best course of conduct was to not speak directly and substantively with the attorney general about how best to navigate those decisions,” Horowitz wrote.
Donald Trump’s White House has not yet broken their silence about the report.
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