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

Inspector General Debunks Trump's Political Bias Claims Against Comey

Inspector General Debunks Trump's Political Bias Claims Against Comey

Even so, the OIG report said it could find no evidence directly tying the political views of these and other employees to investigative decisions being made.

The report from the inspector general also criticises Comey for not keeping his superiors at the Justice Department, including then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, properly informed about his handling of the investigation, said the people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the report was not yet public. It also said some FBI agents showed anti-Trump bias, but that bias did not affect the investigation.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a nonpartisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential race.

But back in the swamp, Mr. Comey himself quickly established the first line of defense, in an op-ed for The New York Times, that the swamp was innocent of everything, a version of "who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?"

The Justice Department confirmed that the report will include discussion of text messages between Strzok and Page.

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The report reviewed one of the most controversial chapters of the 2016 election battle between the Republican Trump and his Democratic rival Clinton. "The report also resoundingly demonstrates that there was no prosecutable case against Mrs. Clinton, as we had concluded", he wrote. The president is likely to applaud the report as evidence that he was right to fire Comey. In particular, Comey made a "serious error of judgment" in sending an October 28 letter to Congress saying he was reopening the investigation based on the discovery of Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop, especially since the laptop had been discovered a full month before.

The second major wave from Comey was the revelation that evidence from an ongoing probe of Anthony Weiner, a disgraced former congressman from NY who resigned from office in 2011 after sending pictures of himself nearly entirely naked to teenagers, had caused him to reopen the investigation into Clinton's potential foul play.

"But my emails", Clinton posted Thursday on Twitter, echoing the phrase that her supporters have sarcastically used to mock what they see as Republicans' obsession with her use of a private email server while secretary of state. "The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation".

In addition to Clinton herself, her top spokesman on the 2016 campaign trail, Brian Fallon, took aim at Comey for the inspector general's finding.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders seized upon that aspect of the report, saying it "reaffirms the president's suspicions about Comey's conduct and the political bias among some of the members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "I am alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI", Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in statement. Most of the problematic texts relate to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, the report notes. The investigation included Horowitz reviewing Comey's July news conference where he announced Clinton was "extremely careless" in handling classified information but hadn't committed enough wrongdoing for a prosecutor to pursue.

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