Friday, 19 October, 2018

IG Finds FBI ‘WILLINGNESS’ to Intentionally Damage TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Hillary Clinton in May Hannah Peters Getty Images Hillary Clinton in May
Lisa Bryan | 15 June, 2018, 10:23

The inspector general concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who announced in the summer of 2016 that Clinton had been "extremely careless" with classified material but would not be charged with any crime, departed from normal Justice Department protocol numerous times. The inquiry expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Comey and former Attorney-General Loretta Lynch.

More recently, the President has signaled a hope that the inspector general's report will vindicate his instincts on Comey. It also said some FBI agents showed anti-Trump bias, but that bias did not affect the investigation.

The IG released his highly anticipated report on the Clinton email case on Thursday.

The FBI leaked like a sieve in 2016, and those disclosures helped Donald Trump, according to a newly released inspector general's report on former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

While the report apparently found that Comey was not motivated by political bias, he and several of his colleagues were faulted for breaking with FBI protocol and causing the bureau's integrity and their investigation into Hillary Clinton to be called into question. He added that "no changes are made to the OIG's report on account of these briefings". The Russia investigation was unknown at the time to the American public. Comey's public announcement of findings angered Republicans, while his reopening of the inquiry outraged Democrats.

"But my emails", Clinton tweeted on Thursday in response to a tweet from a Politico reporter highlighting Comey's own email missteps.

Congress and the White House have anxiously awaited Horowitz's report, which has taken about 18 months to complete and could affect Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The inspector general discovered a smoking gun, and, if we are to believe our eyes, couldn't see clearly whether there was a bullet in it. Peter Strzok, the FBI official who was a major player in the investigation into Mrs. Clinton's private email server reveals just how the FBI was conducting the investigation.


"In the August 8, 2016 text message Page questions whether Trump will become president saying, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?

The 500-page report also found that Comey "deviated" from the standard practices of his agency when dealing with the probe into Clinton's classified emails.

Strzok replied, "No. No he's not".

He also blasted the "false equivalence" the OIG placed between the FBI's Russian Federation probe and the reopening of the Clinton email investigation. Lynch had come under heated criticism for agreeing to meet with former president Bill Clinton in June 2016 on her plane while it was sitting on a tarmac in Phoenix. When they fixate on the latter, they risk becoming the former.

The investigation "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations", the inspector general wrote.

The report has largely divided Washington along partisan lines. McCabe and his lawyer have adamantly contested the allegations.

"Although we found no evidence that Lynch and former President Clinton discussed the Midyear investigation or engaged in other inappropriate discussion during their tarmac meeting, we also found that Lynch's failure to recognize the appearance problem created by former President Clinton's visit and to take action to cut the visit short was an error in judgment", the report reads.

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