Watchdog sees errors, not bias, in Comey's Clinton probe

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Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

Cortes asked. "Those of us on Team Trump have been maligned for months that we're paranoid...when we talk about the swamp and these tactics".

The report found that Comey "deviated" from both FBI and DOJ procedures during the email investigation, although it did not find proof that he did so because he was politically motivated.

Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, told reporters on Thursday that he hadn't yet seen the inspector general's report and "I'm not going to get ahead of any of that".

"[Comey] gave his people too long of a leash knowing or he should have known that they had political animus in favor of Mrs. Clinton or against Donald Trump", Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said during an interview on "The Intel Report".

President Donald Trump and his supporters had looked to the much-anticipated report to provide a fresh line of attack against Comey and the FBI as Trump claims that a politically tainted bureau tried to undermine his campaign and - through the later Russian Federation investigation - his presidency.

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"We found no evidence that Comey's public statement announcing the FBI's decision to close the investigation was a result of bias or an effort to influence the election", the report says.

In its official response to report, the bureau emphasized that while it "recognizes mistakes were made...." There are so many disgusting things to tell, the public has the right to know.

"This finding could have been reached the day of Comey's press conference", Brian Fallon, who was spokesman for Clinton's presidential campaign, said on Thursday.

"We found unpersuasive Comey's explanation as to why transparency was more important than department policy or practice", the report says.

During the campaign, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani-a Trump backer who once served as a USA attorney in Manhattan-claimed that he was in touch with current FBI employees who informed him that many agents were unhappy that Comey had announced the bureau would not recommend indicting Clinton.

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The Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a nonpartisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential race. It is not the report President Trump wanted.

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"We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed", Horowitz said in the report to be issued Thursday.

Still, he wrote that "the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation". But elsewhere it notes that senior FBI and DOJ officials were especially concerned about leaks from the bureau's NY field office, many of which were damaging to Clinton. Overall, the inspector general found problematic political discussions among Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel but found none of the decisions in the Clinton email case were politically motivated. When Horowitz announced the review in January 2017, he said it would address accusations that Peter Kadzik, the former head of legislative affairs at DOJ, gave "non-public information" to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, after reports on stolen emails from WikiLeaks revealed Kadzik sent a "heads up" about a congressional hearing where another Justice official was likely to be questioned about Clinton's email use. Comey informed Congress of the emails October 28, 2016. She told the inspector general she decided not to step aside because it might "create a misimpression" that she and the former president had discussed inappropriate things.

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