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Three takeaways from the IG report
After an 18-month investigation by the FBI and DOJ, Hillary Clinton probe, the long-awaited report from the justice Department inspector General Michael Horowitz. Here is a look at the three largest snack stalls.
Justice Department inspector General Michael Horowitz ‘ bombshell report about the DOJ and FBI action at the Hillary Clinton email probe, takes, should, in particular, in the case of figures, the escaped, so far, mostly official reprimand for his conduct in office.
The DOJ watchdog reviewed a variety of critical decisions in the course of the investigation — including how the authorities carried out, the officials with political connections to recuse in the summer of 2016 interview with Hillary Clinton, and why top-of-the FBI and DOJ-are not immediately self of the probe.
Horowtiz report also outlines new information about the apparent bias in the FBI and DOJ, he says, is undermining the confidence of the public in each Agency.
Some of the main conclusions from the report are:
1. New texts between the FBI-lovers Strzok and page were “disappointing” and cast a shadow on the integrity of the entire Clinton-E-Mail probe
A whole series of anti-Trump-text-messages between special counsel Lisa page and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok damaged the integrity of the entire Clinton email probe, Horowitz writes.
The report digs striking new messages between the couple that were sent and received on the government of devices, including, in the Strzok vows, the “stop” card, to be chosen and only a few months before the presidential election.
On 8. August 2016, the IG, page asked Strzok “[trumpet] don’t ever President to be found, right? Right?!” and Strzok replied, “no. No he is not. We will stop it.”
While Horowitz noted that there is no evidence that political considerations directly affected investigative decisions in the Clinton probe, and that Strzok was not the “sole” decision-makers on any key investigative measures, he concluded the officials ‘ behavior was still highly inappropriate.
FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa page informed in detail about their disdain for President Trump during the trial.
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WHO IS PETER STRZOK AND LISA PAGE, OF FBI OFFICIALS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SMS SCANDAL?
“We recognize that this SMS and instant messages cast a cloud over the FBI’s handling of the half-year investigation, and the investigation of credibility,” the IG report said.
MYE, or “half-test”, the code in which the FBI refers to the investigation of the Clinton’s private E-Mail server.
Horowitz also noted that additional texts between the lovers, which he values as”,’ including in the page, the two used the FBI to conceal cell phones your extramarital affair by their spouses.
2. Five unnamed FBI employees, including a lawyer, and later worked on the Mueller-probe — are put under the microscope for anti-bias Trump
Strzok and page are not just FBI officials, which demonstrates the anti-Trump bias during the Clinton email probe, Horowitz noted in the report.
The watchdog identified five other unnamed people, including two agents and an FBI lawyer who has worked on the Muller-Russia’s probe to the beginning of the year, the “statements of hostility toward then-candidate Trump and statements of support for candidate Clinton,” and incorrect political opinions mixed “” with case-related discussions.
“The damage is due to your actions,, … in the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence.”
– DOJ IG report
“Instant-messages between agents 1, who was one of the four half-case agent, and agent 5, who was a member of the filter team,” as well as “instant messages, the FBI sent attorney 2, was assigned to the half-year investigation,” special report featured in the IG.
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The filter team has been assigned to, check questions documents for potential privilege, like the attorney-client issues.
“We have found that the implementation of this five FBI discredit brought employees to self, sowed doubts about the FBI’s handling of the half-year investigation, and affects the reputation of the FBI,” the IG.
According to the IG report, the FBI lawyer, and later Robert Müller Russia probe is assigned to the beginning of this year, news of other colleagues, “Viva le resistance” after the trumps are chosen. The lawyer acknowleged the message could be the “perception” of bias.
Investigators found devices of Hillary Clinton’s State Department employees, the IG.
Another unnamed agent by the name of Trump supporters of the “delayed,” the IG report.
Again, the IG report noted that there is no connection, the officials of the obvious political inclination of certain investigative decisions. Nevertheless, the IG has the five FBI officials, called for further investigation.
3. The investigators do not give a good reason, not pursued, laptops, and mobile phones are one of Clinton’s senior aides
The IG asked the investigators why she made no effort to personal devices, the Clinton’s senior aides were with the Department of the State, since these devices were “potential sources of the Clinton’s … classified E-Mails,” or places where unauthorized classified E-Mails were stored.
In response, the officials at the trial, stated that “the culture of the wrong handling of classified information to the State Department” was so ubiquitous that it is “from the set of possible sources, the evidence is particularly large” – a justification, the IG implies was not convincing, because the investigators could easily have received, with personal devices, for a handful of key Clinton aides.
Investigators claimed the State Department is a better Agency would be to treat the kind of deep-dive into Clinton’s E-Mails.
In the end, Horowitz concluded that the Problem was a “judgment call”, and that there is no evidence of improper political considerations influenced their decisions.
4. In spite of the Clinton’s connections, former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is not fully recuse himself
The IG report focuses on two top investigative officials’ connections to Hillary Clinton: ex-Vice-the-FBI-Director Andrew McCabe, a former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik.
Kadzik exercised “poor judgment” is not immediately to recuse himself, as the Clinton-deployed probe, even after he wrote sought employment for his son in their campaign, the watchdog.
In addition, Kadzik decided, the Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, the timetable for a court ordered release of some of Clinton’s E-Mails “, which is a reasonable question about his ability to act impartially Clinton Affairs in connection with his official duties,” even if it later became clear that the information to the public.
Horowitz also noted that Kadzik of the recusal in November 2016 will not be fully honored.
“Although Kadzik said he told his Deputy … that he recused, E-Mails, Kadzik wrote to then sent and received E-Mails about Clinton Affairs” Horowitz.
Meanwhile, McCabe, whose wife, Jill, has the gang then-democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and unsuccessfully sought a state Senate seat in Virginia in 2015 as a Democrat, was not required to found they recuse themselves during the probe, the IG report.
5. ‘Undue’ Ex-FBI Director James Comey repeatedly against guidelines, and inaccurate, the legal situation is described around Clinton’s E-Mails
Former FBI head James Comey apparently had found to avoid the strong desire of the confrontation with people in authority with his concerns about their behavior, he, too, is cultivated as a habit of the chain of command, and violate long-standing Department policy, the IG report.
In testimony before the Congress and elsewhere, e.g., Comey claimed that he was under pressure from the former Obama attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Clinton investigation is a “Problem” in 2015, rather than an investigation.
But Horowitz noted that the presence of the other, which is part of Lynch ‘ s instruction to interpret you as trying to shut down the investigation, but the standardization of the language for Personal playing purposes. Perhaps more significantly, the IG report noted that Comey seemed to have kept his concerns entirely to himself.
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Comey, the President of the trump suit, called a “slimeball”, also not to act appropriately to his concerns about the notorious airport tarmac meeting between then-Obama attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in the last days of the E-Mail probe, according to Horowitz.
But the IG centered the most thorough critique of Comey to his decision to stage a dramatic press conference in the summer of 2016, in which he announced that “no reasonable attorney” would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, even as he confirmed she was “extremely reckless” in their handling of classified information.”
“Comey with unilateral announcement was inconsistent with the Department policy is to describe the authority of the attorney-General, and not exactly the legal position of the Department of the public Prosecutor’s office,” the IG report said.
The ex-FBI Director made a similar “serious error in judgment” in a letter to the Congress of the announcement of the re-opening of the Clinton probe only a few days left before the 2016 presidential elections, according to the report.
“We have found that it was exceptional and undue to hide for Comey and his intentions of his superior, the attorney General and Deputy attorney General, to prevent the for the approved purpose that you told him to make the statement, and instruct to do his subordinates in the FBI, the same.”
The rebuke was a particularly damning one for Comey, who has cultivated his image as a responsible and strong leader since the departure from office.
6. The former Obama attorney General Loretta Lynch made some errors in judgment during the Clinton probe
Horowitz, commissioned, Lynch made several errors in judgment during the trial.
The DOJ watchdog was particularly important, not only the Lynch’s decision to hold court with the President at the Phoenix Asphalt, but also your decision to keep her commitment in the sample despite the apparent conflict of interest.
“Although we found no evidence that Lynch and former President Clinton, discussed the half-year investigation, or engaged in other inappropriate discussion during your Asphalt meeting on may 27. June 2016, we have also found that Lynch’ s error, the appearance, the problem, created by former President Clinton ‘ s meeting attendance and actions that cut the visit short was an error in judgment,” the IG wrote.
7. FBI agents’ actions around the DOJ/FBI interview of Hillary Clinton were “inappropriate” and created the appearance of bias
Lisa page, the Special Council, the Deputy Director of the FBI, sent messages, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, ex-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and another FBI employee, suggesting that the Agency limit the number of persons in the critical in-person interview with Clinton, as the investigation wrapped up, the IG said the report.
Page chief consideration was that Clinton was angry at the FBI after his appointment to the President, the IG flag as “inappropriate”.
“[S]he may be our next President,” page wrote in the requirement that the number of people at the interview will be limited to four or six. “The last thing you need, we’re loaded for bear. You think you had to memorize or to the fact that it is better, doj, fbi?”
LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH PARTIES SLAM THE FBI, ACCORDING TO THE IG REPORT RELEASED
While the IG report found that the side of your consideration of the text influence on the number of participants in the Clinton-interview for eight officials appear to be visited by the FBI and the DOJ, the report said, nonetheless, wrong policy.
“Suggesting that investigative decisions are made based on this reflection, was inappropriate and created an appearance of bias,” the IG wrote.
In addition, the IG notes that it was “not to allow to be compatible with the typical investigative strategy” for the FBI, the former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staff member Heather Samuelson sitting in the Clinton interview.
“We have asked the question why the Department and the FBI allowed, mills and Samuelson, two percipient witnesses (of which, the mills, had classified information transiting through their unclassified personal E-Mail account) to participate in Clinton’s interview, even if they had also both served as attorneys for Clinton, after you posted Links to the State Department,” the IG.
While the report does not definitively establish that political bias motivated the decision to allow mills and Samuelson in the interview, ” it recommends improvements to the DOJ and FBI handling of similar situations in the future.
“[T]here are possible impacts, if a witness, takes care of, another witness to interview,” the IG notes.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.