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Comey’s decisions have had a disastrous impact on the 2016 campaign; Catherine Herridge reports from the Ministry of justice.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle slammed the former FBI Director, James Comey, and other Agency staff on Thursday, according to the justice Department, General inspector Michael Horowitz, a long-awaited report on the FBI and DOJ, Hillary Clinton, investigation during the 2016 presidential election appeared.
Republicans-Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina issued the most vociferous statement of the day, and said he was “dismayed, angered and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General, the numerous failures by the DOJ and FBI” and noted that the report “alarming and destructive levels of the animus displayed by top officials at the FBI.”
Gowdy, the Oversight house and government Reform Committee chairman, added that “the treatment of the former Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton and other possible topics and goals was much different from the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign officials.”
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The Ministry of justice report, which was a stinging rebuke of the FBI’s handling of the Clinton-E-Mail inquiry, called Comey “undue” and said his actions were “extraordinary.” The report, however, that Comey’s actions were motivated by any political bias or preference.
The report contains no recommendation to level all the charges against Comey, but there were both Democrats and Republicans to criticize a lot of ammunition on him and the FBI.
Democratic sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois debt Comey and others in the FBI hinder Clinton’s presidential candidacy and, in turn, support the campaign of President Trump.
“This report makes clear that FBI Director Comey and FBI personnel failed to follow the rules, and Hillary Clinton violated campaign and helped Donald Trump,” the Senate minority whip, said in a statement.
The former FBI Director, James Comey
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Republican lawmakers have a different approach, as you went, after Comey and the FBI claims that, although the results of the report, the Clinton E-Mail investigation, the former Secretary of state innocent.
“Director James Comey blatantly Protocol broke on numerous occasions, to the point, what the report calls ‘insubordination,'” North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows said in a statement. “It is clear that his Department dissolved, in order to determine Secretary Clinton’s innocence, even before the investigation was complete only approximate—and before an interview with Secretary of state Clinton also occurred.”
Republicans criticized an FBI agent Peter Strzok, who said in August 2016 text exchange with the FBI’s attorney, Lisa page, “we will stop,” Donald Trump for President.
The report noted that the investigators “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, which is directly affected [the Clinton-E-Mail-investigation],” but added that “we were concerned about text messages exchanged by FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and Lisa page, Special Counsel, Deputy Director, that, potentially, specified, or created the appearance that the investigative decisions were influenced by bias or improper considerations.”
The Republicans of the texts between the Strzok and page jumped in, even before the report was published.
“In Louisiana, we call this tendency, which we call the target,” sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said on Fox News’ “outnumbered Overtime” on Thursday.
The former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok (R) and Lisa page (L), Special Counsel and Deputy Director.
North Carolina’s meadows, to quote from the report itself, said in his statement later in the day, that Strzok “displayed a stunning level of political bias against a candidate, Donald Trump, IG Horowitz called Strzok behaviour ‘contrary to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice.'”
The final report could have an impact on some in the DOJ and FBI.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the report “shows a number of serious mistakes from the top management of the Department of Justice and the FBI, during the previous administration.”
On the occasion of the White House press briefing on Thursday, press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump “was in the IG report earlier today and he reiterated that the President’s behavior is suspected of Comey.”
The publication of the actual report was delayed for weeks as the department and the FBI carefully reviewed to identify a draft copy of the information you want prior to the disclosure to be protected.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Alex Pappas contributed to this report