Watchdog report faults Comey as 'insubordinate'

Minnie Murray
June 15, 2018

The report takes issue with Comey's breaks from department policy in the public announcements he made in July and October 2016 about the Clinton investigation. "It was obvious at the time that Comey was completely deviating from department protocols and it had a fateful impact on the 2016 campaign and the long-term reputation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Concerned about the "appearance that former President Clinton was influencing" the probe, Lynch began talking to her staff the next morning about possibly recusing herself from overseeing the investigation, according to the report.

"If I could change time..."

Then-FBI Director Comey didn't know Anthony Weiner was married to Huma Abedin?

Comey said the IG's report was important for two reasons.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that John Huber, a USA attorney based in Utah who's reviewing allegations of FBI bias and wrongdoing, "will provide recommendations as to whether any matter not now under investigation should be opened, whether any matters now under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of Special Counsel".

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations", it said. She told the inspector general she decided not to step aside because it might "create a misimpression" that she and the former president had discussed inappropriate things. It would then be up to prosecutors to decide whether to bring criminal charges.

In the middle of the campaign, Comey announced Clinton would not be prosecuted - an announcement that would have normally been handled by the attorney general and drew heavy criticism of Comey.

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

Comey declined to comment when approached Thursday in Minneapolis.

"They both claimed, of course, they didn't talk about [the email investigation]".

"This finding could have been reached the day of Comey's press conference", Brian Fallon, who was spokesman for Clinton's presidential campaign, said on Thursday. "Lynch should not have let him on the plane and Comey himself admits this", Lauria told hosts John Kiriakou and Walter Smolarek.

John Podesta, who ran the Clinton campaign, said "the report demonstrates beyond doubt" that Comey was unfair to Clinton by announcing developments of the email investigation during the campaign while not revealing the presence of the separate probe beginning in July 2016 into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Barring additional information that could justify these texts - and I highly doubt such information exists - this one text alone is enough to prove that at least some people within Mueller's team and the highest level of the FBI weren't interested in conducting a truly unbiased investigation. They exchanged thousands of text messages, some of which were pointedly anti-Trump. "Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer", he says in another text.

"In the August 8, 2016 text message Page questions whether Trump will become president saying, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" Strzok replied: "No. "We'll stop it." Yet the I.G. report ultimately concludes that Strzok, who was bounced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller from the Trump/Russia probe last summer when a cache of his inappropriate and political texts with Page were discovered, did not measurably act on his desire to prevent Trump's victory. But it also concluded there was no evidence that Comey was motivated by political bias.

Some poetic justice was also served in the watchdog's findings. Horowitz said their actions have been referred to the bureau for possible discipline. The DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz released the 568-page report on Thursday.

"[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".

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