Watchdog report faults Comey as 'insubordinate'

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

In response, Strzok, who helped oversee the Clinton email investigation, wrote "No". However, Trump's original justification for axing Comey - failing to follow Justice Department protocols - quickly fell by the wayside when Trump said he did it with the "Russia thing" on this mind.

A May 2016 email from FBI investigator Peter Strzok shows the agency knew at that time some classified information had been hacked from Clinton's private server.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said he "appreciates" and takes "very seriously" a report from the Justice Department's watchdog that examines the conduct of several officials, including the former director, James Comey.

Two Republican-led House committees say their own monthslong probe into the now-closed FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails has so far shown "questionable decision-making" by the agency.

In Horowitz's report he stated that Strzok's texts and actions are "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects".

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". But let's also be clear on the scope of this report. The infamous "tarmac meeting" in Arizona between then-AG Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton - which Barrett Brown told Sputnik News was an "unprecedented failure of justice" - basically "tipped the scales" in Comey's mind to make the public statement, he told the inspector general. Comey has defended himself at length in his book and during interviews, but look for how the inspector general treats his admission that a belief Clinton would win the election subconsciously influenced his actions.

Inspector general Michael Horowitz will criticize Strzok's and Page's conduct in Thursday's report, according to The New York Times.

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Since then he has sought to tarnish Comey's reputation, in the expectation Comey could be a witness against him in the obstruction of justice probe by Russian Federation election meddling special counsel Robert Mueller.

Clinton and her supporters, on the other hand, have complained that the timing of Comey's announcement that the investigation was being reopened badly hurt her chances to defeat her Republican rival.

"The FBI should not have spoken publicly about the case after recommending against criminal charges", the two Democratic leaders said. "The director was wrong to... announced his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution", Rosenstein said. "That's just what we talked about". The inspector general wrote in his letter to lawmakers announcing the June 14 date that his office was following the "ordinary processes" for completing reports. The inspector general found that the conclusion not to prosecute Ms. Clinton was legitimate but that the public spectacle was not.

This includes the delay on acting on the discover of the Anthony Weiner laptop containing Clinton emails.

"Comey did an oped to prebut the IG report".

Mr. Comey was obviously reading something else.

A Justice Department spokesman confirmed Thursday that the report will include discussion of additional text messages between Strzok and Page.

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