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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey "deviated" from FBI and Justice Department procedures in handling the probe into Hillary Clinton, damaging the law enforcement agencies' image of impartiality even though he wasn't motivated by political bias, the department's watchdog found in a highly anticipated report. "While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice," Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the report's conclusions, which were obtained Thursday by Bloomberg News.

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Horowitz found a "troubling lack of any direct, substantive communication" between Comey and Attorney General Lynch ahead of the July 5 press conference and Comey's October 28 letter to Congress.

"We found it extraordinary that, in advance of two such consequential decisions, the FBI director decided that the best course of conduct was to not speak directly and substantively with the attorney general about how best to navigate those decisions."

Lynch had announced that she would go along with whatever Comey recommended with regard to the Clinton case, although she didn't formally recuse herself. Lynch had come under heated criticism for agreeing to meet with former President Bill Clinton in June 2016 on her plane while it was sitting on a tarmac in Phoenix. The two sides have said they didn't discuss anything related to the investigation.

So much for the investigation being corrupted by Loretta Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton in June.

The report is reading just like the news stories reported during all the speculation: Comey didn't act with any obvious political bias on his part, but his judgments and decision making certainly had significant political impact upon the election/electorate as a matter of course in helping Trump and hurting Hillary.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-06-14 10:53 AM | Reply

No ----.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-06-14 10:55 AM | Reply

Somebody should fire that dude.

#3 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-14 11:00 AM | Reply

Anti-Trump Texts

Republican critics seized on revelations from the inspector general that two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, exchanged text messages sharply critical of Trump. Mueller removed Strzok from the inquiry after the texts were discovered, and Page has since left the FBI.

"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. "The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation."

It definitely cast a cloud over the investigation, but there was no anti-Trump cabal inside the FBI working to undermine his campaign or to squelch the Clinton server investigation and its findings.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-06-14 11:07 AM | Reply

Somebody should fire that dude...for that whole Russian thing which everyone agrees is a hoax.

#3 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

FTFY

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-14 11:20 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Somebody should fire that dude...for in spite of that whole Russian thing which everyone agrees is a hoax.
#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-14 11:20 AM

FTFY&I

#6 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-14 11:52 AM | Reply


IG report criticizes Comey's handling of Clinton probe, includes anti-Trump exchanges among FBI personnel
www.washingtonpost.com

...Perhaps the most damaging new revelation in the report, according to multiple people familiar with it, is a previously unreported text message in which Peter Strzok, a key investigator on both the Clinton email case and the investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign, assured an FBI lawyer in August 2016 that "we'll stop" Trump from making it to the White House.

"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" the lawyer, Lisa Page, wrote to Strzok.

"No. No he won't. We'll stop it," Strzok responded.

Though the inspector general condemned individual FBI officials, the report fell significantly short of supporting the assertion by the president and his allies that the investigation was rigged in favor of Clinton, according to a person familiar with its content, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share findings before the report's formal release.

A Justice Department spokesman confirmed Thursday that the report will include discussion of additional text messages between Strzok and Page. The inspector general has previously unearthed an exchange of pro-Clinton, anti-Trump texts between the two. Trump has seized on the exchange to argue bias against him within the FBI....


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 01:20 PM | Reply

FTFY&IM

#6 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-14 11:52 AM
FTFM

#8 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-14 01:42 PM | Reply


Full report: (PDF)
www.justice.gov

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 02:42 PM | Reply

"The former F.B.I. director James B. Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, a critical Justice Department report concluded on Thursday.

But the report, by the department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, does not challenge the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton. Nor does it conclude that political bias at the F.B.I. influenced that decision, the officials said.

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations," the report said. "Rather, we concluded that they were based on the prosecutor's assessment of facts, the law, and past department practice."

www.nytimes.com

Lock her up!

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2018-06-14 04:14 PM | Reply

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Somebody should fire that dude.

#3 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

For this? Yes. Shame that Trump didn't for this but waited until Comey wouldn't shut down the Russia probe. God bless Obstruction of Justice.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-06-14 06:10 PM | Reply

Nothing is more hilarious than watching trump and his chumps act like comey was fired for helping them win the election.

Point to another person who was fired by trump for bending the rules to HELP trump.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-06-14 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Laughing at the attempt to put lipstick on a pig. The IG report is devastating to any pretense of objectivity in the FBI.

" 11:02:22, FBI Employee: "All the people who were initially voting for her would not, and were not, swayed by any decision the FBI put out. Trump's supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. They probably didn't watch the debates, aren't fully educated on his policies, and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm."

Moments later, the [FBI] attorney lamented how a Trump presidency would erase would erase the Obama administration's legislative achievements.

"I just can't imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years. ACA is gone," the attorney said."

Time for a full-scale investigation of the FBI swamp.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-06-14 06:32 PM | Reply

Time for a full-scale investigation of the FBI swamp.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian

So when you kick all the people who have a political opinion about anything out of the FBI, and there are zero people left, do you replace them with robots?

"OH MY GOD AN FBI AGENT SAID TRUMP IS A MORON!"
So did every human with a brain.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-06-14 06:45 PM | Reply

In my opinion.

Comey is more responsible for Hillary's loss than Russia.

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-14 07:17 PM | Reply

In my opinion.
Comey is more responsible for Hillary's loss than Russia.

POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2018-06-14 07:17 PM | REPLY

WRONG Hillary is responsible for Hillary's loss. All this other is excuse making for a horrible candidate.

#16 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-06-14 07:19 PM | Reply


@#16 ... Hillary is responsible for Hillary's loss. ...

Agreed.

But at the risk of wandering into someone else's battle, let me offer the following...

Fmr Sec of State Clinton is 100% responsible for all she did, especially regarding the infamous email server.

But, the timing of Mr Comey's memo in the weeks before the election was not good for the Clinton's campaign. When Mr Comey released that memo, I could almost hear the air coming out of the Clinton campaign.

So in that respect, I also think that #15 has a bit of truth to it. Note that I'm not letting Russia off the hook. My current opinion is that the memo made the election closer so that the Russian influence could have a far more significant effect.

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 07:30 PM | Reply

#17 | Posted by LampLighter

In an election this close, every factor was the deciding factor.

The emails made the difference.
Her loyalty to the plutocrat status quo and her secret wall street speeches made the difference.
Comey made the difference.
Russia made the difference.

All are true.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-06-14 07:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When Mr Comey released that memo, I could almost hear the air coming out of the Clinton campaign.

And the timing punted the famous ------------- tape right off the news cycle just as it was getting going.

#19 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-06-14 07:36 PM | Reply

#1

"While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,"

I don't know, but this sure sounds like double talk to me. So, Comey had no political bias, yet he broke from FBI norms which created a certain perception of the FBI. I can only assume this means the public's perception of the FBI, which has nothing at all to do with any of this. Pretty certain the FBI hasn't cared what we think since Hoover & its inception.

Is it possible that his break from norms gave a handful of agents the idea that they too were free to do the same? Know way to ever really know because we will never have a full disclosure of truth of what really took place during this investigation. I never expected to know either. The 3 branches of our government will always protect one another, regardless of party because, as I've said, they're all in it together & always have been.

Anyone who considers this a win for Hillary should have seen this being the outcome very early on. Never for a second did I think she'd be found anything but being a 'little careless'. I'm sure that all sounds very biased, but it's really just knowing, and admitting, how the game has always been played.

#20 | Posted by 9mmHeater at 2018-06-14 07:41 PM | Reply


@#18 ... All are true. ...

I do not disagree.

One of my concerns is that as time progresses, the amount Russian influence/mingling in our election seems to increase.

#21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 07:49 PM | Reply

@#20 ... So, Comey had no political bias,...

Right there is where your comment went off the rails.

The section you cite says, "While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part"

The "decisions not being the result of politcal bias on Comey's part" is very, very different than your interpretation that says, "Comey had no political bias."

Go back and read #14.

#22 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 07:53 PM | Reply

A 17 month investigation that resulted in a 500 page report that will be followed by congressional testimony is a LOT to unpack, especially in a few hours and sans said testimony.

Patience.

Perspective.

People are trying to dissect bits of this report in order to fit a political perspective.

This report needs to Be sipped, not gulped.

#23 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-14 08:03 PM | Reply

WRONG Hillary is responsible for Hillary's loss. All this other is excuse making for a horrible candidate.
#16 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Calm down girl.

Hillary is ultimately responsible for her loss.

But.

Comey releasing information about Hillary had a bigger impact on the election than Russian propaganda.

Read what I wrote. Because you should know by now. I hold Hillary and the DNC responsible for Trump's win.

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-14 08:04 PM | Reply

I am calm honey. If I was any calmer I'd be sedate.

#25 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-06-14 08:12 PM | Reply


@#23 ... A 17 month investigation that resulted in a 500 page report that will be followed by congressional testimony is a LOT to unpack, especially in a few hours and sans said testimony. ...

The news organizations' speed-readers have already gone through it and digested it. It's why they are there. It's been hours since it was released. Even non-speed readers have been through it.

Dir Wray had a very good interview this afternoon. I saw it on BloombergTV, which broadcast it live.

Congressional testimony will be interesting.

#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 08:12 PM | Reply

One of my concerns is that as time progresses, the amount Russian influence/mingling in our election seems to increase.

#21 | Posted by LampLighter

And now we're learning that it wasn't just russia, the same support was being provided by saudi arabia and arraged by eric prince - the guy who got rich from blackwater.

Blackwater, saudi arabia, putin, trump... how much more evil can possibly tie in to one scandal?

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-06-14 08:13 PM | Reply


@#27 ... how much more evil can possibly tie in to one scandal? ...

As I've oft said... so many dots, so little time.

If only there were the ability to have some sort of special, independent investigator to follow all these dots and figure out what was going on....

If only...

#28 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 08:22 PM | Reply

"In an election this close, every factor was the deciding factor.

The emails made the difference.
Her loyalty to the plutocrat status quo and her secret wall street speeches made the difference.
Comey made the difference.
Russia made the difference.

All are true."

^
People need to understand how the right-wingers think nowadays.

When right-wingers sees a camel crushed beneath a huge pile of straw, they demand liberals prove beyond a reasonable doubt which exact piece of straw broke the camel's back.

And when the liberals can't do that, it means the straw had nothing to do with it, and the camel is just being lazy.

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-14 09:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


A view of the report from a differing angle...

The heartbreak of autocorrect
arstechnica.com

...The OIG inspection requested text messages between members of the Midyear Exam investigation team and found that the FBI retained only five days of messages on its text messaging platform: Microsoft Lync. The team also found that, on several occasions, some of the investigation team -- including Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, who was also involved in the investigation into Russian interference in the election, and FBI attorney Lisa Page -- used personal email accounts and devices on some occasions to conduct official business. Both Strzok and Page blamed this largely on the horridness of the auto-completion and autocorrect features on their FBI-issued Samsung phones. Page told investigators:...

Interesting to read a more techie-oriented viewpoint.... :)

#30 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-14 11:04 PM | Reply

The FBI and CIA are disproportionately staffed with conservatives and Mormons, that is very loyal Republicans. The FBI investigators whose prejudice against Trump were exposed in their emails were removed from Mueller's investigation. But the substance of the negative message against Trump, was to reassure a workmate that Trump would not win, not to interfere in the outcome in any way.

Trump is an irresponsible liar, ignorant of the checks and balances built into our Government and delusional about foreign affairs. He has poisoned our relationships with our allies and made a fool of himself during his meeting with Kim. Trump's interpretation of the IG report is false and absurd, as usual.

#31 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-15 07:28 AM | Reply

The way I read this report, it sounds like pro-Trump FBI agents in NY were prepared to leak the fact of the Weiner laptop warrant, which prompted Comey's going to Congress to report additional emails in October 2016. Because if he didn't acknowledge this and then the story leaked, the FBI would be accused of covering for Hillary. In other words, the report indicates that the FBI helped Trump win the election. But that won't stop Trump from lying about what the report says.

#32 | Posted by JOE at 2018-06-15 07:52 AM | Reply

And when left-wingers see a camel crushed beneath a huge pile of straw, they scream that the 1% ordered the russians/saudis/blackwater to force some poor "protester" at gunpoint to overload the camel in furtherance of some conspiracy that they were told to believe by MediaHuffDailyTalkingAlterMattersPoKosPointsMemoNet.

Meanwhile, the poor guy who was just trying to make a buck by selling straw gets completely ignored by both sides in their rush to advance their narrative.

#33 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-06-15 12:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And when left-wingers see a camel crushed beneath a huge pile of straw, they scream that the 1% ordered the russians/saudis/blackwater to force some poor "protester" at gunpoint to overload the camel in furtherance of some conspiracy that they were told to believe by MediaHuffDailyTalkingAlterMattersPoKosPointsMemoNet.

Meanwhile, the poor guy who was just trying to make a buck by selling straw gets completely ignored by both sides in their rush to advance their narrative.

#33 | Posted by Rightocenter

Just because republicans make up fake conspiracy theories to further their agenda doesn't mean everyone does.

Democrats don't have to make up lies about republicans to make them look bad. Telling the truth does it much more effectively.

#34 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-06-15 02:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And when left-wingers see a camel crushed beneath a huge pile of straw, they scream that the 1% ordered the russians/saudis/blackwater to force some poor "protester" at gunpoint to overload the camel in furtherance of some conspiracy that they were told to believe by MediaHuffDailyTalkingAlterMattersPoKosPointsMemoNet.
Meanwhile, the poor guy who was just trying to make a buck by selling straw gets completely ignored by both sides in their rush to advance their narrative.
Comade FakeLawyer/Head of "custodial arts" at the firm

Amazing that you claim to be a lawyer but have some much time to build strawmen and spew alt-right propaganda here. Those toilets won't clean themselves Sparky, back to work pronto!

#35 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-06-15 05:12 PM | Reply

Time for a full-scale investigation of the FBI swamp.

#13 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

LOL Nulli has become a full blown Trumptard.

#36 | Posted by jpw at 2018-06-15 09:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

LOL Nulli has become a full blown Trumptard.

POSTED BY JPW AT 2018-06-15 09:36 PM | REPLY

Yep

#37 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-06-15 09:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Time for a full-scale investigation of the FBI swamp.
#13 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Yup. So what's Trump and Sessions waiting for?

#38 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-06-15 10:21 PM | Reply

The emails from Clinton didn't matter.

They weren't a thing.

Why does this myth persist?

#39 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-06-16 08:15 AM | Reply

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