Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chaffetz: 'Explosive' IG Report Adds to James Comey's 'Legal Problems'

Chaffetz: 'Explosive' IG Report Adds to James Comey's 'Legal Problems'

James Comey may have "deviated" from Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department procedures when investigating Hillary Clinton but he didn't show any signs of political bias.

But Bloomberg News, which also reported the new Strzok message, said Horowitz's report "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed".

Bloomberg has obtained a copy of the report's conclusion, which reportedly says that former FBI Director James Comey "deviated" from FBI and Department of Justice procedures when he oversaw the Clinton investigation.

In July 2016, Comey made the controversial decision in July 2016 to announce that he was recommending that no charges be filed over the investigation into her emails.

Horowitz criticized Comey for failing to consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other senior Justice Department officials before taking the unusual step in July 2016 of announcing on national TV the FBI's decision not to refer the Clinton case for prosecution.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly asserted that the FBI botched the Clinton email investigation.

Also investigated by the IG was Comey's decision, against the recommendation of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the email investigation following the discovery of additional messages.

"This report confirms what we have known for a long time - that the FBI inappropriately applied a double standard to the Clinton and Trump investigations which hurt her and helped elect him", Podesta told Reuters.

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Page and Strzok were involved in both the Clinton and Russian Federation probes.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the report could prompt more firings.

Clinton has since said that Comey's letter contributed to her unexpected defeat by Trump.

The inspector general's report was originally expected in May, and earlier this month, Trump questioned on Twitter whether its publication had been delayed because the findings were "being changed and made weaker".

In an interview with Buck Sexton of The Hill, Sessions said the report could lead to more law enforcement officials being fired.

Comey has said he felt compelled to alert Congress to the new emails, after having previously testified that the investigation was done.

Page has since left the FBI and Strozk, who was assigned but then removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's interference in 2016 election, remains with the agency.

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