No proof of bias in FBI Clinton email probe

Not surprisingly faults have been found in the FBO investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, and the way James Comey handled it, but no proof has been found of bias.

Politico: Watchdog criticizes Comey but finds no proof FBI’s Clinton probe tainted by bias

A long-awaited report by the Justice Department’s watchdog Thursday found no indication that political bias affected decisions in the FBI’s 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, but the review criticized agents and ex-FBI Director James Comey for violating bureau norms during the probe.

The department’s inspector general turned up fresh evidence of FBI officials exchanging messages critical of President Donald Trump and of leaking to the media, and the report faulted the FBI for several weeks of inaction following the September 2016 discovery of emails relevant to its investigation on a laptop belonging to former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married to a top Clinton aide.

Comey was singled out for withering criticism by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, including accusations of insubordination against top Justice Department officials and of making “a serious error of judgment” in notifying Congress shortly before the 2016 election that the FBI was re-opening its Clinton email probe. Comey later reiterated his recommendation that she not face charges, but Clinton has said the letter nonetheless helped cause her loss.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Comey’s actions had a significant impact on the presidential election campaign in 2016.

Fox targets Comey on their coverage: IG report on Clinton email probe reveals FBI agent’s ‘stop’-Trump text, calls Comey ‘insubordinate’

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a comprehensive and at-times scathing report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, exposed extraordinary text messages by a top FBI official vowing to “stop” Donald Trump — while calling then-director James Comey’s actions in the case “insubordinate.”

The long-awaited report was released Thursday afternoon, spanning nearly 600 pages and scrutinizing the actions of numerous figures who played a key role in the Justice Department and FBI’s investigation. It is the result of an 18-month investigation, incorporating dozens of witness interviews and hundreds of thousands of documents.

The FBI, in its response to the review, said the inspector general “found no evidence to connect the political views expressed by these employees with the specific investigative decisions.”

But it said the inspector general has referred five employees for investigation into whether the messages violated the FBI’s Offense Codes and Penalty Guidelines.

Horowitz’s investigation looked at a variety of other allegations, including whether it was improper for Comey to make a public announcement about not recommending prosecution over the Clinton email arrangement.

“We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to conceal his intentions from his superiors, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, for the admitted purpose of preventing them from telling him not to make the statement, and to instruct his subordinates in the FBI to do the same,” Horowitz’s report says.

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12 Comments

  1. MaureenW

     /  June 15, 2018

    Of course one of the main takeaways from this is the referral of five FBI employees for investigation for politically charged texts and the following from Agents 86 and 99

    The IG report included a new text conversation between Strzok and Page from August 2016.

    “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok.

    “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/14/ig-refers-five-fbi-employees-for-investigation-as-more-anti-trump-messages-revealed.html

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 15, 2018

      What a fatuous comment. Page and Strzok didn’t ‘plot’ against the president any more than any two people discussing trump and his idiocy would do. That’s such a stretch.

      The main takeaways from the IG report are just as I said a week ago: It’s incompetence not politics.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 15, 2018

        “He won’t. We’ll stop it”. – Strzok
        How does that not imply proactive efforts to prevent the election of Trump?
        He may or may not have acted on the comment, but the intent is clear.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 15, 2018

          remind me who won the election? I repeat: incompetence, not politics.

      • MaureenW

         /  June 15, 2018

        Not really – just that no-one was stupid enough to write it down.
        https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-14/closer-look-extreme-fbi-bias-revealed-oig-report

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 15, 2018

          yes I see the Alt-right agitprop websites are doing a roaring trade in… well… roaring.

          Never mind. The report found that the FBI’s and Justice Department’s conclusions that the Clinton email case did not warrant prosecution were indeed legitimate so there’s plenty for you to froth over in that finding alone.

  2. MaureenW

     /  June 15, 2018

    Hillary must be on the Chardonnay – her response to the IG Report

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 15, 2018

      Nicely played by clinton. Now waiting for another tweet from her on the corruption of trump’s charity scandal, used as an ATM machine by him and Javanka in an extensive pattern of illegal conduct.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 15, 2018

        If that’s proven it will be his downfall. The investigation was launched by a guy who had a vendetta against Trump, so I’m not fully convinced, but will be watching this one with interest.
        Unlike the Russia probe there seems to be a case worth looking at here.

    • MaureenW

       /  June 15, 2018

      Update: I see Clinton’s tweet was in response to the revelation that Comey also had a gmail account that he too conducted FBI business on

      • Gezza

         /  June 15, 2018

        He’ll have to go! 😡

        Who else have they got? 😳

      • David

         /  June 16, 2018

        Did he have a server in the bathroom too?