Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Five times James Comey used his personal Gmail for Federal Bureau of Investigation business

Five times James Comey used his personal Gmail for Federal Bureau of Investigation business

The 500-page report covers examines a number of justice department and Federal Bureau of Investigation decisions, according United States media. The report also notes that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch repeatedly raised concerns about leaks from NY.

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An earlier inspector general report criticised McCabe and led to his firing on allegations that he misled internal investigators about his role in a news media disclosure. Those include Comey's decision to publicly announce in July 2016 his recommendation against criminal charges for Clinton, and his disclosure to Congress days before the election that the investigation was being revived because of newly discovered emails.

"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's news conference in the summer of 2016 disclosing the investigation's conclusion was unusual since charging announcements are normally made by the Justice Department, not the FBI.

The document describes Comey as "insubordinate" and "defiant", in reference to his releasing of a letter informing congress about jump-starting the investigation, and failing to inform the Justice Department about the move.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was "alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI" in the Clinton probe.

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

President Trump is set to be briefed on the report, authored by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, discussing the agency's handling of both probes later today, which is also the President's 72nd birthday. "As we warned before the election, Director Comey had a double-standard: he spoke publicly about the Clinton investigation while keeping secret from the American people the investigation of Donald Trump and Russian Federation".

"Among the new text messages uncovered in the report is one dated 8 August 2016, three months before the election, in which Page asked: "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? That much-anticipated report is due to be released Thursday afternoon. "I think it will help us better fix any problems that we have and reassure the American people that some of the concerns that have been raised are not true".

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

The Republicans allege bias against Donald Trump in his campaign against Clinton. It bothered the more even-keeled inspector general, too. When Horowitz announced the review in January 2017, he said it would address accusations that Peter Kadzik, the former head of legislative affairs at DOJ, gave "non-public information" to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, after reports on stolen emails from WikiLeaks revealed Kadzik sent a "heads up" about a congressional hearing where another Justice official was likely to be questioned about Clinton's email use.

Overseen by Mueller, the probe is examining whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

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