Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

IG: Comey Broke From FBI Procedures in Clinton Probe

IG: Comey Broke From FBI Procedures in Clinton Probe

The report from the inspector general also criticizes Comey for not keeping his superiors at the Justice Department, including then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, properly informed about his handling of the investigation, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the report is not yet public.

"We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed", Horowitz said in the report to be issued Thursday.

Comey later headed a separate probe into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

From a practical standpoint, Comey's "punishment" for any claims of insubordination came over a year ago, when Trump summarily fired him.

Former FBI directors James Comey and Robert Mueller walk together outside the White House during Obama's presidency.Win McNamee/Getty Horowitz will also sharply criticize former FBI director James Comey as taking actions that were "insubordinate" while overseeing the Clinton investigation.

"I think it will be a lengthy report and a careful report", Sessions said. Trump allegedly used the Donald J. Trump Foundation to pay off creditors, settle legal disputes for his businesses, and, in one case, buy a $10,000 portrait of himself.

The FBI obtained a warrant nine days before the presidential election to review those emails, found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, but ultimately determined there was nothing in them that changed its original conclusion.

Clinton has since said that Comey's letter contributed to her unexpected defeat by Trump.

As time has passed, Lynch has said she regretted the encounter, but she never formally recused herself from the investigation - instead saying she would accept the recommendations of career Justice Department staff and the FBI.

FILE PHOTO: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony at Georgetown University in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2018.

The report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be reportedly 500 pages long and is scheduled to be delivered to Congress at noon, with a public release three hours later. Trump has seized on the exchange to argue bias against him within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report by the Justice Department's inspector general will be the latest bombshell in the seemingly never-ending fight over the 2016 election.

Law enforcement officials previously told Reuters the information was leaked to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an adviser to the Trump campaign.

A Justice Department spokesman confirmed Thursday that the report will include discussion of additional text messages between Strzok and Page.

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