Justice Department inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray
FBI Director, Christopher Wray, and Department of justice inspector General Michael Horowitz, the centres of the attention Monday will be expected, if you give testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Horowitz ‘bombshell report on the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal E-Mail server.
Horowitz’s report, released on Thursday, turned out to be then-FBI Director James Comey for harsh criticism and pointed to the other five office staff for possible disciplinary action.
Especially Horowitz found that anti-Trump-text-messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI appear lawyer, Lisa page “might be or creates the appearance that the investigative decisions were influenced by bias or improper considerations.”
However, the report has also noted that the FBI’s decision not to pursue Clinton in July 2016 was not motivated by political bias against the then-candidate Donald Trump.
In a text exchange from August 2016, page Strzok: “[trombone] written not to ever become President, right? Right?!”
“No. No he is not. We will finish it,” Strzok answered.
Another FBI attorney assigned to the primary attorney Special Counsel Robert Müller Russia’s investigation until last February, notified an FBI employee on the day after Trump’s election as President, he was “devastated”.
“I just can’t imagine that the systematic dismantling of the progress that we have added in the last 8 years:” the lawyer as “FBI-attorney 2” in the report later.
But the watchdog found that there was “no evidence that the conclusions of the prosecutors were concerned that bias or other improper considerations.”
“The question I have is , the Department of Justice and the FBI that the perpetrators of the Clinton investigation, were you really in the tank, or not?” Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said on Thursday. “We will see what the conclusions are, and I’m not making a challenge, Mr Horowitz [on] whether his conclusion that in the tank sense. The time will show it.”
Horowitz also found that Comey had “undue” in the announcement that Clinton would not be calculated without the Information of the then Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, that he planned to do this.
In an ironic twist, Horowitz also found that Comey himself the FBI’s business carried out with its personal E-Mail account in a manner “not consistent with the Department policy.”
During the hearing, set for Monday afternoon, Republicans on the Committee are likely to grill the current FBI Director, Christopher Wray, who insisted, Thursday, that “nothing in the report impugns the integrity of our workforce as a whole, or the FBI as an institution.”
Wray told reporters that, while he and Horowitz accepted the findings, he noted that the report is not only about “a particular set of events again in 2016, and a small number of FBI employees in these events.”