DOJ: Comey's handling of Clinton email investigation unconventional but not biased

Blanche Robertson
June 18, 2018

"We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally created to avoid supervision by department leadership over his actions", the report says. "There was total bias", Trump declared Friday. Goelman said that credible evidence suggesting the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation was patently a bigger deal than the "relatively commonplace" investigation into mishandling classified information. "It was a den of thieves".

The president was responding to questions about the 568-page report released Thursday by the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general (IG) concerning the 2016 FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and address to conduct official USA diplomatic business. "No he's not. We'll stop it", he responded.

"There was no collusion". "And I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".

I must remind readers, however, that Trump, upon assuming the presidency, chose to retain Comey rather than relieving him of duty, as many of us thought he should. He also quoted lawyer and Fox News talking head Mark Levin, who said "Donald Trump was 100% right to fire James Comey".

The 500-page report criticized Comey for repeatedly breaking with Justice Department protocol in his handling of the email probe in the explosive final months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Among the actions scrutinized is Comey's decision to publicly announce his recommendation against prosecuting Clinton, and his disclosure to Congress days before the election that the investigation was being revived because of newly discovered emails.

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"If we make a mistake, we're going to confront it", he said.

"I would never want to get involved in that".

But Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Democrat from CT, declared that "any effort to use this report as an excuse for shutting down the special counsel's investigation is both disingenuous and unsafe". While the report concluded that there was no political bias during the investigative process, there were two key findings that deserve more scrutiny. "No he's not. We'll stop it".

In response, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI will review the inspector generals' findings and will take any appropriate action to hold people accountable.

She continued: "That's why I'm saying this is the big political point here". Muellers probe includes a look into whether Trump himself tried to obstruct justice by firing Comey.

The Justice Department inspector general told the American public that it found the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's argument "unpersuasive". "That's not really a surprising conclusion for anyone who knows how DOJ is supposed to work". It concluded that his actions were "insubordinate" but did not find that he had been motivated by political bias.

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