Report on FBI Decisions During Clinton Email Probe Set for Release

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 14, 2018

The inspector general's report will be released in full later on Thursday.

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.

Among Comey's missteps during the Clinton email investigation was his decision in July 2016 to publicly call for Clinton's exoneration before the probe had concluded; followed by his revelation to Congress weeks before the election that the FBI had reopened its 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.

Sessions also made clear that he is open to firing more employees if the Justice Department inspector general's report warrants it.

Democrats blame that letter and Comey's announcement for Clinton's loss to Trump.

The president "is really anxious to see the report", said a person familiar with the planned Thursday briefing. But it will mark the most definitive accounting of the email probe to date, looking at - among other things - whether "certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations".

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

The exhaustive review of a momentous period in the department's history is expected to criticize Comey's handling of the investigation at key junctures for violating departmental norms.

Watch the full report above.

Trump and his proponents have used the text messages between Page and Strzok to further their argument that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice were conspiring against the president and candidate in an effort to keep him out of the White House.

'If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so'. Then, days before the election, Comey announced new emails had surfaced in the case.

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. "Right?!" Page texted Strzok.

Comey was sacked by Trump in May 2017 while leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, an allegation the president has denied. Comey informed Congress of the emails October 28, 2016.

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