What to know about the IG report on the Clinton email investigation

15 June, 2018, 02:45 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Justice Department's inspector general arrives to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after faulting the department for disregard of public safety in

A bombshell new report from the Department of Justice examined the FBI's conduct during the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, and many of its key findings completely contradict President Donald Trump's narrative of a politically motivated bureau that is determined to bring him down.

Addressing the inspector general's report that mildly rebuked former FBI Director James Comey's handing of an investigation into ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, Cortes latched onto an exchange between two agents who indicated that Trump needed to be stopped.

The report will review the series of events leading up to Comey's decision in July 2016 to announce publicly, without Justice Department approval, that while he found Clinton's actions "extremely careless", he would not recommend charges against her.

"No he won't", Strzok texted to Page, according to a highly anticipated report released today by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

President Donald Trump has been eager for the report in hopes that it would vindicate his decision to fire Comey and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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 Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, assured an FBI lawyer in August 2016 that "we'll stop" Trump from making it to the White House.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets elected", Strzok wrote, "but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. We'll stop it", Strzok replied. "An announcement at that point by the attorney general, especially one without the transparency our traditions permitted, would have done corrosive damage to public faith in the investigation and the institutions of justice".

Sanders said reporters should tune into Wray's press conference planned later in the day for further questions regarding the IG's findings.

At a congressional hearing last May, he said he was concerned that the Justice Department could not "credibly" announce the conclusion of its investigation, in part because the attorney general at the time, Loretta Lynch, had met aboard her plane with former President Bill Clinton.

The FBI's investigation of Clinton's email was perfectly reasonable and their conclusions were correct. "And nothing in the inspector general's report makes me think we did the wrong thing".

Strzok tried to explain to investigators that his message to Page "was meant to reassure Page that Trump would not be elected, not to suggest that he would do something to impact the investigation".

The report says Comey's determination was "consistent with the Department's historical approach in prior cases under different leadership". "In particular the report cited text messages between employees that included "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? But he quickly added, "It's also important to note what the Inspector General did not find".

The report sharply criticizes Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Strzok and a now-retired Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page for text exchanges that it says were "deeply troubling" and created the appearance "that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations".

"We believe that anything and everything relating to Mr. McCabe's recusals should be made public, and neither DOJ nor the OIG should do anything to hide any aspect of it", Bromwich said.



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