Watchdog Slams Comey's Handling of Clinton Controversy

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"But my emails", Clinton tweeted on Thursday in response to a tweet from a Politico reporter highlighting Comey's own email missteps.

The investigation included Horowitz reviewing Comey's July news conference where he announced Clinton was "extremely careless" in handling classified information but hadn't committed enough wrongdoing for a prosecutor to pursue. Trump will nearly certainly use the report to validate his firing of Comey previous year. The IG said text implied "a willingness [by Strzok] to take official action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects", even if there was no evidence found that any such action was taken by either Strzok or Page.

Moreover, the treatment afforded to former Secretary Clinton and other potential subjects and targets was starkly different from the FBI's investigation into Trump campaign officials.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the report "reveals a number of significant errors by the senior leadership of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the previous administration".

Democrats said the report shows "that the FBI's actions helped Donald Trump become President".

The inspector general's inquiry has focused on public statements made by Comey about Democrat Clinton's use of a private email server, instead of a State Department server, while she was secretary of state.

Many of these flashpoints from the Obama administration, which served as catnip for Trump on the campaign trail, have largely faded into the rearview of the general public's consciousness.

The report also accuses Comey of "usurping the authority of the attorney general [at the time Loretta Lynch] and upset the well-established separation between investigative and prosecutorial functions", the report continued.

The text was disclosed in a highly anticipated report the Justice Department inspector general is set to release on Thursday.

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Lynch had announced that she would go along with whatever Comey recommended with regard to the Clinton case, although she didn't formally recuse herself.

Comey has said it makes him "nauseous" to think his actions may have affected the outcome of the 2016 election, but he maintains that he did what he thought was right at the time.

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Lynch rebuffed calls for her recusal from the investigation, choosing instead to assert that she would accept the recommendation of career prosecutors.

The inspector general says he did not follow regulations. It does not second-guess the FBI's conclusion that Clinton should not have been prosecuted, despite repeated assertions by Trump and his supporters that anyone less politically connected than she would have been charged.

The FBI found no evidence to charge Clinton, and Comey announced - just two days before the election - that the case was closed.

The FBI obtained a warrant nine days before the presidential election to review those emails, found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, and ultimately determined there was nothing in them that changed its original conclusion.

In the report, FBI Attorney 2 stated that these conversations were with people he considered friends, and he was discussing his political beliefs in an entirely personal capacity and not a professional one.

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