Congress got the DOJ 1G report at noon. Here it is at 12:01 and news organizations are already running with what’s in it.
Keep in mind, this is the first of two IG reports due. This one covers the handling of the the Clinton email investigation. The next one will cover the actions of the FBI and Justice in regards to the Trump campaign.
Main points revealed so far:
There was no evidence of a political motive in the handling of the Clinton case but the way it was handled called into question the FBI’s motives.
“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,” Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the report’s conclusions, which were obtained by Bloomberg News.
The lack of communication between Comey and Lynch is “troubling.”
“We found it extraordinary that, in advance of two such consequential decisions, the FBI director decided that the best course of conduct was to not speak directly and substantively with the attorney general about how best to navigate those decisions.”
Agents exchanged inappropriate political commentary.
But Horowitz said in the report to be issued Thursday that “we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed.” Still, he wrote that “the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”
A previously undisclosed Strzok text that we’re going to hear a lot about.
NEW TEXT by Strozk reportedly in IG Report- THE WORST YET as FBI personnel talk about "stopping" @realDonaldTrump from becoming @POTUS!
– PAGE: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
– STROZK: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it."https://t.co/DMrPSVUrjd
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 14, 2018
And the spin:
IG FALLOUT: Clearest sign that Trump allies didn't get what they wanted out of the IG report: his top GOP allies are arguing that the report may have been watered down during the review process –> pic.twitter.com/gFL9k7kjf2
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 14, 2018
Stay tuned. More to come.
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