Comey “Deviated” From FBI Norms In Clinton Probe, But “No Political Bias”, OIG Finds

Comey “Deviated” From FBI Norms In Clinton Probe, But “No Political Bias”, OIG Finds

[Thursday PM Update. Full OIG report at the end of this article. ~TLB ed.]

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The report also concludes that despite personal bias and a “politically-charged investigation,” FBI officials were not politically biased in their conduct:

Steven Dennis@StevenTDennis

The report zings Comey for breaking with department norms in the Hillary Clinton case, it did NOT find political bias on his part. More to come shortly…

Steven Dennis@StevenTDennis 

IG: Peter Strzok & Lisa Page exchanged anti-Trump texts, BUT “we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed”


Jennifer Jacobs@JenniferJJacobs

“Not the first time the (DOJ) and the FBI have conducted a politically-charged investigation and it will not be the last,” IG report says.

Policies are in place to “protect the institutions from allegations of abuse, political interference, and biased enforcement of the law.”

Jennifer Jacobs@JenniferJJacobs 

“Several FBI employees Who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages,” IG report says.

It cites Lisa Page text to Peter Strzok: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed,” Horowitz said in the report to be issued Thursday.

“The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”

While the report set to be released at 3pmETit does not deal with the origins of the probe into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

President Trump has complained of “numerous delays” in the release of the Inspector General’s report, which some have accused of being slow walked or altered to minimize its impact on the FBI and DOJ.

What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey,” Trump said on Twitter. “Hope report is not being changed and made weaker!”

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump 

What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. Transparency!

“It’s been almost a year and a half and it is time that Congress receives the IG report,” said Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who has been on the front lines of the battle against the DOJ and FBI’s stonewalling of lawmakers requesting documentation. “This has gone on long enough and the American people’s patience is wearing thin. We need accountability,” said DeSantis.

Another congressional official, who’s been fighting to obtain documents from the DOJ and FBI, said it is no surprise that they are putting pressure on Horowitz. According to the official, “They continue to slow roll documents, fail to adhere to congressional oversight and concern is growing that they will wait until summer and then turn over documents that are heavily redacted.”

Sara Carter

ABC also noted in their report from eight days ago that Inspector General Horowitz could revise the draft report now that current and former officials have offered their responses to the report’s conclusions, according to the sources.

The full OIG report, Click Here.

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(TLB) published this story from ZeroHedge as compiled by Tyler Durden with our thanks.

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