BREAKING NEWS: An exhaustive report from the Justice Department found that James Comey “deviated” from standard practices when he handled the Hillary Clinton email case.
IG Michael Horowitz did, however, say that he believed Comey’s actions were not motivated by his own political views. He wrote, “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.”
Actions by Loretta Lynch and Andrew McCabe also came under fire.
“The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation,” Horowitz wrote. On July 5, 2016, Comey held a press conference where he let Clinton off the hook for her illegal use of an unsecured email server.
The report was released on Trump’s 72nd birthday. During lunch, senior Congressional members are expected to receive a briefing on the full report.
The president–and in fact, the entire White House staff–had been waiting breathlessly to view the report’s findings. Trump tweeted last week, “When will people start saying, ‘Thank you, Mr. President, for firing James Comey?'”
Horowitz’s report could prompt demands for public testimony from Comey and Lynch, as well as several other former top Obama Administration officials.
Many Trump supporters have remained irritated that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has yet to pursue any charges against Hillary Clinton, Comey, and others. Perhaps this is the report that will spur some action from him.
Only time will tell.