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Horowitz: Inappropriate texts cast a cloud over Clinton probe
The General inspector Michael Horowitz testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee report on Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail investigation.
The investigator should check whether the former FBI Director, James Comey discussed classified information with a personal E-Mail account, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Monday at a hearing on the justice Department Watchdogs bomb, a report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
FBI Director, Christopher Wray, and Department of justice inspector General Michael Horowitz were to testify before the panel.
During the hearing, Horowitz revealed that the DOJ watchdog is already included Comey about his leaked memos examined document his interactions with President Trump, who may have charged critics of the confidential information.
“We have received a transfer said by the FBI … and we will have a report when the matter is complete,” Horowitz.
After questioning from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Wray pointedly refused to discuss specifics about the question of whether Comey had lied in his recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, citing “pending” investigative questions to the FBI.
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Wray also refused to discuss whether or not Comey or McCabe had illegally say authorized leaks to the media that an ongoing investigation could affect.
Horowitz’s report on the Clinton E-Mail probe to go public Thursday, outlined apparent anti-Trump bias at different levels in both the FBI and DOJ. It also concluded that Comey had used a personal E-Mail account “not classified FBI business,” in a manner inconsistent with FBI policy.
The IG report also showed that the anti-Trump, FBI agent Peter Strzok also his personal E-Mail account for government business.
Grassley, R-Iowa, excoriated Comey for not participating in the hearing in his opening speech, and called for a closer look at its E-Mail practices.
“This is the second time since he was fired, that Mr. Comey refused, to testify to an invitation, voluntarily,” Grassley. “He has to book time for the tours and television interviews, but seemingly no time to support this Committee, the primary responsibility for the Ministry of justice.”
Comey’s attorney said he was out of the country & could not testify 2day, but he was tweeting from Iowa recently, I prefer in Iowa, but ppl deserve answers abt the FBI’s behavior
— Chuck Grassley (@Chuck Grassley) June 18, 2018
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In a letter to Wray, and Grassley on Monday Parallels between Hillary Clinton pulled out the E-Mail practices and Comey.
“It is frightening that the FBI-commissioned staff, with the investigation of Secretary of state Clinton, including the former Director, seem to have very similar behavior,” he wrote.
Grassley argued that it is impossible for the Congress to be discussed to be sure Comey was, classified information on his personal Google Mail account, as the IG report comes to the conclusion, without really and check all his E-Mails.
During the hearing Monday, Horowitz confirmed that he could not be sure “what other purposes [Comey] [the E-Mail account],” beyond what he saw in E-achieves Mails that FBI Server, Horowitz, Grassley said.
The former Obama attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI assistant Director Andrew McCabe also hear skipped, Grassley said, adding that McCabe called had his Fifth is Amendment rights.
“Let’s not pretend that this is some of the a-problem.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UTAH, on bias in the FBI
In the meantime, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, at the destination, Wray took during the hearing, said he was “disappointed” by the FBI Director attempt, at a press conference last week, the possibility of systemic and pervasive bias in the entire FBI play down.
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“You were insubordinate, grossly unprofessional in their communication, and yet untrue-so let’s not pretend that this is some of the problem,” hatch charged.
Wray said, repeatedly made mistakes by staff and cited in the IG report “is not defined” the Agency as a whole.
“We are aggressively investigating a series of leaks, as we speak,” Wray said later in the hearing.
GOP senators spent behavior most of the time of the hearing crickets Wray about the FBI, while democratic members of the Committee trying to defend the integrity of the ongoing Russia-probe.
In response to the findings of the IG report, that there is no definitive evidence of the FBI’s handling of the Clinton-E-Mail probe was politically motivated, Grassley said that text messages between FBI employee Peter Strzok and Lisa page to criticize trump card “to prove that wrong.”
Both officials worked on the Clinton probe, and later the Department of Russia’s investigation. In a text, Strzok said, “We will stop him”, which is a trump of victory.
At the hearing, Horowitz, the FBI testified that his office dug up those explosive texts.
The DOJ watchdog added that he “does not trust” that all Strzok investigation decisions as the lead agent on the Clinton E-Mail were the probe to be free of bias.
Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, Andrew O’reilly, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.