UPDATE: DOJ’s IG report finds James Comey mishandled Clinton email probe

UPDATE — 6/14, 1:17 p.m. EDT: The DOJ’s inspector general has found that former FBI Director James Comey did not comply with “department norms” during the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

While Comey’s errors were not found to be politically motivated, the IG report did say the FBI career official failed to properly work with DOJ brass as important evidence came to the forefront during the investigation.

As a result, Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded Comey’s “decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice.”

 

A draft of an expected Department of Justice (DOJ) report due out next week has concluded former FBI Director James Comey was insubordinate over his role investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

First reported by ABC News, a preliminary report from the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz says Comey was defiant for informing Congress by letter the Bureau was reopening its probe of Clinton days before the 2016 presidential election.

The document also points to the ex-director’s unauthorized announcement in July of that year that “no reasonable prosecutor” would call for Clinton to be charged in the case.

Similarly, Horowitz’s report reserves scathing criticism for former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, suggesting she may have ordered Comey not to inform Congress of the Bureau’s discovery of emails on a computer Clinton aide Huma Abedin shared with her husband, Anthony Weiner.

The uncovering of emails on Weiner’s computer prompted the reopening of the investigation into Clinton’s private server.

In addition to chastising Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch, the report is believed to rebuke former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who is criticized for his role in the probe.

The report allegedly flays McCabe for a supposed lax manner in carrying out his responsibilities to conduct a swift and impartial probe after the emails were uncovered.

The details revealed in the draft report follow President Trump tweeting out his fury over the delay in the report’s release.

Expected to be publicly released in late May, the report is now believed to be due in the next seven days.

Although few details were available, many are anticipating whether Horowitz concluded a hostility toward Trump existed among top DOJ officials and Loretta Lynch which influenced the department’s decisions ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Among such hostile actions, Horowitz’s investigation found text message between two top-ranking FBI officials, Russian intelligence expert Peter Strzok and Bureau attorney Lisa Page, which referred to Trump during the campaign as a “douche”, “idiot” and “a loathsome human.”

 

[CNN] [ABC News] [Bloomberg] [Photo courtesy Getty Images via Town & Country]