Report rebukes Comey, but says no bias in Clinton email case

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

What to know about the IG report on the Clinton email investigation

Comey wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday saying he doesn't agree with all of the inspector general's findings, but that he respects the investigation.

Moreover, the treatment afforded to former Secretary Clinton and other potential subjects and targets was starkly different from the FBI's investigation into Trump campaign officials.

The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that the prosecutorial decisions in the Clinton case were "consistent" and not affected by bias or other improper actions.

Adopt a policy addressing the appropriateness of employees discussing the conduct of uncharged individuals in public statements.

Comey announced the Clinton investigation was being re-opened just days before the general election.

"Comey's description of his choice as being between "two doors, ' one labeled "speak" and one labeled 'conceal, ' was a false dichotomy", the report charges".

Comey made an appearance at the MSP Airport Thursday.

The report sharply criticizes Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Strzok and a now-retired Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page for text exchanges that it says were "deeply troubling" and created the appearance "that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations". It should shy from making statements about people not charged with crimes, and major announcements should be vetted carefully through the Justice Department hierarchy. Once they were assessed, they did not change the FBI's previous conclusions.

The report found no evidence that Comey's decision to disclose, on October 27, 2016, that the FBI was reopening the Clinton e-mail investigation was "influenced by political preferences".

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The report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog is being released Thursday afternoon and is expected to criticize the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Strzok also worked on the Clinton probe.

"In one particularly shocking exchange, Strzok told Page "We'll stop it", after being asked, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? The special counsel is looking into whether Trump's firing of Comey in May 2017 was an effort by the president to obstruct justice by derailing the FBI's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The exhaustive review of a momentous period in the department's history is expected to criticize Comey's handling of the investigation at key junctures for violating departmental norms.

The inspector general rejected this characterization "a false dichotomy" and said "the two doors were actually labeled "follow policy/practice" and 'depart from policy/practice'".

On Wednesday, on the eve of the report's release, Sen.

"I get why he would be very concerned about that".

Clinton has blamed her election defeat on Comey's public disclosure of a reopening of the email investigation 11 days before the 2016 election. That development unfolded as Trump's own campaign - unbeknownst at the time to the American public - also came under FBI investigation for possible coordination with Russian Federation. Comey has defended himself at length in his book and during interviews, but look for how the inspector general treats his admission that a belief Clinton would win the election subconsciously influenced his actions.

Overseen by Mueller, the probe is examining whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

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