Friday, 15 June 2018

Former director James Comey and FBI criticised by Justice Department's watchdog for their handling of Hillary Clinton email investigation

The FBI and its former director James Comey have been criticised for their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation by the Justice Department's watchdog.
The inspector general's report concluded that Mr Comey's actions were not motivated by political bias but that the former bureau chief was insubordinate and departed from normal protocol numerous times.
"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors' assessment of the facts, the law and past department practice," the report said.

But the report also touched on text messages between two FBI officials who later worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US election.

Peter Strzok, who was Mr Mueller's lead agent in the Russian inquiry, was having an affair with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who also temporarily worked on the Mueller investigation.

When Ms Page asked if Mr Trump would become president, Mr Strzok responded: "No. No he won't. We'll stop it."

The report called this "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects".

Christopher Wray said employees would be held accountable for any misconduct as a result of the report.

SKY      News.

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