U.S. JUSTICE REPORT CRITICAL OF EX-FBI DIRECTOR IN CLINTON E-MAIL CASE
Jun 14, 2018
By Bob Komsic
The Justice Department’s watchdog is harshly critical of the FBI and its former director James Comey for their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
However, the inspector general does not conclude Comey’s actions were motivated by political bias or a preference for Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
The report says Comey was insubordinate and departed from normal protocol numerous times but ”we found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations.”
An FBI investigator who worked on probes into Clinton’s emails and into Russian interference in the election told an FBI lawyer ”we’ll stop” Donald Trump.
The texts between Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page are highlighted in the report.
In August 2016, Page texted Strzok ”(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
Strzok replied: ”No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
The report says this conduct ”cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”
Comey says he disagrees with some of the conclusions of the report but says he respects the inspector general’s work and believes the conclusions are ”reasonable,” adding ”people of good faith” can see the ”unprecedented situation differently.”