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

Federal Bureau of Investigation director showed no political bias in Clinton email saga

Federal Bureau of Investigation director showed no political bias in Clinton email saga

In McCabe's case, the inspector general determined that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation official "lacked candor" when he was questioned multiple times under oath about sharing information about an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation with a Wall Street Journal reporter in October 2016.

A highly anticipated US Department of Justice report accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of being "insubordinate" but not biased, US media report.

In a column Comey published in the New York Times just after the report's release, Comey said he did not agree with all of the conclusions but praised its "professionalism".

Campbell eventually said the Strzok-Page texts were "abhorrent" and damaged the FBI's reputation, but he also argued that the FBI's internal checks would've prevented the couple from compromising the agency with criminal conduct.

Other information in the report has previously been made public, including anti-Trump texts sent by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Addressing the inspector general's report that mildly rebuked former FBI Director James Comey's handing of an investigation into ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, Cortes latched onto an exchange between two agents who indicated that Trump needed to be stopped. "The report also resoundingly demonstrates that there was no prosecutable case against Mrs. Clinton, as we had concluded", he wrote.

Trump has expressed great interest in the inspector general's report, as well as some skepticism it might not be as damning as he hoped. It also faulted him for alerting Congress days before the 2016 election that the investigation was being reopened because of newly discovered emails.

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The report released on Thursday outlines a damning assessment of Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who were found to have deviated from long-standing policies and investigative procedures. He now represents Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. First, he revealed in July that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted for her "extremely careless" handling of classified government data on personal, private email servers during her tenure as secretary of state. "The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation", the report reads.

But Comey says in a tweet that he respects the inspector general's work and believes the conclusions are "reasonable". That Comey, of all people, engaged in the same actions that consumed her campaign will go down in history as one of the great twisted ironies of our time. Cases that end without charges are rarely discussed publicly.

In particular, the report is said to focus on two controversial decisions Comey made. "The inspector determined there was policies not followed".

In a footnote, the DOJ watchdog notes that "FBI analysts and Prosecutor 2 told us that former President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her account".

At a congressional hearing last May, he said he was concerned that the Justice Department could not "credibly" announce the conclusion of its investigation, in part because Lynch had met aboard her plane with former US President Bill Clinton.

Lynch rebuffed calls for her recusal from the investigation, choosing instead to assert that she would accept the recommendation of career prosecutors.

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