Justice Department IG: Comey ‘Deviated’ From FBI Procedures During Clinton Investigation

As Michael Horowitz prepares to release his review on James Comey and Hillary Clinton, a new report indicates the Department of Justice Inspector General has determined that the former FBI director did not follow protocol during his probe into the Secretary of State. Portions of Horowitz’s report were leaked to Bloomberg, and they apparently conclude that even though Comey didn’t act through “political bias,” he hurt the FBI when he “deviated” from standard procedures with how he handled the Clinton email investigation.
“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.”

The news comes after previous drafts of Horowitz’s review reportedly found Comey “insubordinate” when dealing with authority. Much of this had to do with Comey’s irregular announcement of Clinton’s exoneration, as well as his surprise decision to re-open the email investigation just before the 2016 election. Horowitz’s report is of great interest to President Donald Trump and his allies, who hope it will prove the alleged corruption and bias of the FBI and DOJ. [Image via screengrab] — —
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