Monday, 18 June, 2018

DOJ Inspector Bashes Comey For 'Insubordinate' Behavior

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Sammy Stanley | 14 June, 2018, 21:26

Trump lashed out anew at the investigation on Thursday in a pair of tweets.

Here's what you need to know.

"Although we have not yet seen the inspector general's report, there is no reason - no reason - to believe that it will provide any basis to call the special counsel's work into question", Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.

Michael Horowitz's report, released Thursday after over a year-long investigation, found that Comey was not motivated by political bias but nevertheless damaged the FBI's image of impartiality.

OIG refers to the Office of Inspector General. Prior to practicing law for a private firm from 2002-2012, Horowitz worked in the Department of Justice Criminal Division between 1999 and 2002, where he was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then the Chief of Staff.

To be sure, Horowitz will confront a broader set of actions taken by former senior officials at the Justice Department as well.

He has also criticized Comey for his decision to not prosecute Clinton - "very, very unfair" and "rigged", he has said, and he claimed that Comey had "totally protected" Clinton.

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Comey already has been criticized for waiting a month to act during the 2016 presidential election campaign after thousands of emails were discovered on Weiner's laptop that appeared to be relevant to the Clinton investigation. Democrats have painted Comey and McCabe as honorable public servants who were unfairly targeted by the Trump administration in an effort to somehow obstruct the probe into Trump's alleged collusion with Russian Federation. "I think it will help us better fix any problems that we have and reassure the American people that some of the concerns that have been raised are not true".

A highly anticipated US Department of Justice report accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of being "insubordinate" but not biased, US media report.

Former FBI Director Jim Comey violated Bureau procedures and "negatively impacted the perception of the FBI" in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, the Bureau's Inspector General's report states.

The investigation expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Mr Comey and Loretta Lynch, the former attorney general. Lynch came under scrutiny during the campaign for meeting with former President Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Arizona in late June 2016.

That's a tweet Trump could easily have written on any day before his briefing on the Horowitz report, and has written in some form on many occasions before this. The IG's criticism of Comey's actions was first reported by Bloomberg.

More recently, the President has signaled a hope that the inspector general's report will vindicate his instincts on Comey.

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