The Justice Department (DOJ) inspector general is releasing a report Thursday of his findings in an internal investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
The report is said to fault then FBI director James Comey for several decisions he made during and after the 2016 presidential election.
Inspector general Michael Horowitz reportedly concludes that Comey “deviated” from FBI norms but that his decisions were not biased.
He will add that Comey’s conduct damaged the DOJ’s reputation for impartiality.
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The Justice Department (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General found that former FBI director James Comey “deviated” from FBI and DOJ norms while handling the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
The official report is set to be released Thursday afternoon.
Inspector general Michael Horowitz will reportedly conclude that Comey departed “clearly and dramatically” from FBI and DOJ guidelines while overseeing the Clinton investigation. He will add that Comey’s decisions “negatively impacted the perception of the FBI” and DOJ, according to Bloomberg.
2 highly scrutinized moves during the 2016 election
Horowitz’s investigation into Comey and the FBI was first announced in January 2017.
At the center of the inquiry are two controversial decisions Comey made during the 2016 presidential election.
The first was to hold a press conference in July 2016 announcing that the FBI would not be recommending charges against Clinton, who was the Democratic presidential nominee at the time.
He noted during the presser that he had not consulted with the DOJ about the statement he was about to make.
Comey’s move was considered highly unusual, given that making the announcement should have fallen to the attorney general at the time, Loretta Lynch.
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Source:: Business Insider