Inspector general's report proves no political bias — Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Comey 'deviated' from standard procedure in Clinton probe, report finds; Trump responds

The inspector-general's inquiry focused on public statements made by Mr Comey about Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server, instead of a state department server, while she was secretary of state.

Horowitz offered a series of recommendations to ensure DOJ and FBI officials follow established procedures and policies "even in its highest-profile and most challenging investigations".

"What kind of a swamp rat says something like that and who do these people think we are?"

Strzok replied: "No. No he's not". Republicans and President Trump have argued that these messages showed proof of bias within the agency. Mueller promptly removed Strzok from his staff. Page left Mueller's staff before the texts became public. They did, however, said the texts do cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation and sow doubt about the FBI's work. The investigation expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The report also includes previously unreported text messages between two FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who privately criticized Trump and previously worked on the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

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Clinton and her supporters, on the other hand, have long complained that she was the one whose election chances were torpedoed by Comey's investigation announcements about her email practices, in the summer and then shortly before the election.

In tweets, Trump has said Comey's investigation into Clinton was "phony and dishonest" and that Comey, who he fired on May 9, 2017, left the FBI's reputation in tatters. "Right?!" Page reportedly said to Strzok.

Comey told the IG that fear of leaks didn't drive his decision, but the report says several top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials recalled that concerns about unauthorized disclosures came up in discussions about informing Congress. It would then be up to prosecutors to decide whether to bring criminal charges. He also said he not briefed his bosses beforehand on the findings.

In October 2016, less than two weeks before Election Day, Comey sent members of Congress a letter disclosing that a probe into Clinton's emails was being reopened after new emails were found.

This includes the delay on acting on the discover of the Anthony Weiner laptop containing Clinton emails.

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The exchange likely will pique the interest of Trump, who has slammed the Clinton probe for being rigged in her favor. "And we accept its findings and recommendations".

But inspector-general Michael Horowitz also concluded - in a long-awaited, 500-page report - Mr Comey did not exhibit any political bias in his actions or try to influence the election. This specific report, we have a team going through line by line.

How will President Trump react?

"I'm not talking about Comey", Cortes exclaimed". They asked Horowitz to provide them with his original drafts.

"The FBI does not have the power to charge individuals or organizations with crimes", the former FBI official stated. "They should not have revealed that they had reopened the case just days before the election".

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