Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Comey broke Federal Bureau of Investigation procedure in Clinton email probe, says inspector general

Comey broke Federal Bureau of Investigation procedure in Clinton email probe, says inspector general

The conclusions were contained in a 500-page report that document in painstaking detail one of the most consequential investigations in modern FBI history and reveal how the bureau, which for decades has endeavored to stand apart from politics, came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential election. The report also notes that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch repeatedly raised concerns about leaks from NY.

But examining the actions the Federal Bureau of Investigation took, the inspector general concluded that Mr. Strzok "was not the sole decisionmaker" and, in fact, "advocated for more aggressive investigative measures" against Ms. Clinton.

"If the reason they fired James Comey is because of his exoneration of Hillary, why haven't they corrected that exoneration?" he said.

"The FBI should not have spoken publicly about the case after recommending against criminal charges", the two Democratic leaders said.

In the days before the presidential election, Mr Comey announced that new emails had surfaced which related to that case.

"Comey's description of his choice as being between "two doors, ' one labeled "speak" and one labeled 'conceal, ' was a false dichotomy", the report charges".

Comey himself acknowledged that he was breaking with protocol, telling reporters at the time that his decision to make a statement was "unusual". "The report does identify errors of judgment, violations of or even disregard for policy, and decisions that at the very least - with the benefit of hindsight - were not the best choices", Wray said.

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The FBI add a warning banner to all of the FBI's mobile phones and devices in order to further notify users that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy.

The report also chided former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her meeting with Bill Clinton on the Tarmac at the Phoenix Airport on June.

The report by the Justice Dept.'s inspector general's office said some of the things that happened during the investigation were inconsistent with "longstanding policies, practices and norms". It does not second-guess the FBI's conclusion that Clinton should not have been prosecuted, despite repeated assertions by Trump and his supporters that anyone less politically connected than she would have been charged. The report specifically points to Strzok's text message that suggested he would be willing to stop Trump from winning. The special counsel is looking into whether Trump's firing of Comey in May 2017 was an effort by the president to obstruct justice by derailing the FBI's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Comey has said had he had known more about the laptop earlier, it might have affected his decision to notify Congress.

The report also suggests FBI agent Peter Strzok, who led both the Clinton and Russian Federation investigations, may have acted improperly.

Considering making it clear that, except in situations where the law requires or permits disclosure, an investigating agency can not publicly announce its recommended charging decision without consulting the attorney general, deputy attorney general, US attorney, or a designee, and can not proceed without the approval of one of these officials.

Trump regularly claims McCabe had a conflict of interest in overseeing the FBI's investigation into Clinton, given that his wife received campaign donations from a Clinton ally. He writes, "We draw the distinction in noting we have no evidence classified information was ever shared with an unauthorized party, i.e. notwithstanding the server setup, we have not seen classified information shared with a member of the media, an agent of a foreign power, a lover, etc". There was no justification for going public so close to Election Day.

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