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DOJ: Comey's handling of Clinton email investigation unconventional but not biased

19 Juin 2018

The long-awaited report faulted the FBI and its then director James Comey over the handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation in 2016 - and concluded that two agents working under Mr Comey showed a "willingness to take official action to impact" Mr Trump's election chances.

Another person familiar with the case, however, said Comey eventually shared other memos with his lawyers, including Richman, though he held back some information that he considered classified.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, called the report "appalling" and that the significance of its findings can't be overstated.

Inspector general, Michael Horowitz wrote Comey's decisions "were based on the prosecutor's assessment of facts, the law and past department practice". Attorney 2 described the re-opening of the investigation so close to the election as "essentially walking into a landmine" in the report.

But the report was far from an exoneration.

President Trump suggested that the report cleared him of wrongdoing.

In that purported email, Lynch supposedly told a Clinton campaign staffer not to worry about the investigation because she would take care of everything.

Horowitz himself is still tasked with investigating the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia investigation, in which Republicans allege they abused the foreign surveillance process and exhibited bias toward Trump.

In his report, Horowitz said he found no evidence that the Clinton email probe was affected by bias.

Also criticized was Comey's decision, against the recommendation of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails. The White House initially pointed to Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation as the rationale for the firing, though Trump complicated that claim days later when he said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he dismissed him.

Republicans on Capitol Hill have been clamoring for a full accounting of the text messages sent between Strzok and Page, and Thursday's report showed there were still text messages that had not been provided, including one in which Strzok said "we'll stop" Trump. Most notably, a text from agent Peter Strozk.

It found Mr Comey was "insubordinate" and guilty of a "serious error of judgment" in how he handled the e-mail probe.

"If the Federal Bureau of Investigation was trying to throw the election to Hillary Clinton, it couldn't have done a worse job", Leahy said.

Meaning what? As recently as May 2017, when Mueller was appointed, a senior FBI investigator with privileged access to the Russian Federation investigation - one with an apparently personal ax to grind against Trump - wasn't sure whether there was any collusion between the campaign and the attacks. "We are in rather sensitive negotiations with them", Giuliani said on CBS.

BLUMENTHAL: Not at all because clearly, from President Trump's own mouth, the objective of firing Comey was clear - the Russian thing, as he said to the Russian foreign minister literally the day after he fired Comey, as he said to Lester Holt in that now-famous NBC interview, as he said to his lawyers and his lawyers have repeated, in fact, most prominently Rudy Giuliani. Richman then relayed the memo's contents to the New York Times, which Comey has said was meant to spur the appointment of a special counsel.

"That should not be downplayed by anybody", Horowitz said of the texts. Giuliani said he is opposed to having an interview but "the president wants to do it so we have to sort through it".

Democrats counter that the events reviewed in the report came well before Mueller was appointed and that Democrat Clinton was the only candidate hurt by Comey's actions.

DOJ: Comey's handling of Clinton email investigation unconventional but not biased