Wray Defends FBI After Scathing Report

Hillary Clinton

He also blasted the "false equivalence" the OIG placed between the FBI's Russian Federation probe and the reopening of the Clinton email investigation.

Horowitz wrote that the Clinton saga was 'not the first time the [DOJ] and the FBI have conducted a politically-charged investigation and it will not be the last'. "We'll stop it", Strzok replied. The next day Strzok and Page exchanged text messages in a discussion of whether Strzok should join the Special Counsel's investigation. Mr Mueller removed Strzok from his team after Horowitz disclosed the texts to him.

Clinton has said that Comey's letter contributed to her unexpected defeat by Trump. 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.

The report also found that that the former FBI director used a personal email account to conduct official bureau business. Comey, however, managed to infuriate Democrats and Republicans with his actions-the former by announcing in the final weeks of the campaign that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into new information related to the email server, and the latter for subsequently concluding that she didn't break the law.

"The OIG report makes clear that we've got some work to do", Wray said. It would then be up to prosecutors to decide whether to bring criminal charges. He also said he not briefed his bosses beforehand on the findings.

Comey told "CBS This Morning" on May 4, 2018, he faced an impossible choice after new Clinton emails were discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner.

Also criticized was Comey's decision, against the recommendation of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails.

Comey is not the only high-profile Obama administration official whose actions are expected to draw criticism Thursday.

How will President Trump react?

Lynch - after a controversial private meeting with former President Bill Clinton - did not formally recuse herself from the case, but she had announced that she would go along with whatever Comey recommended. The Republican National Committee previewed its response Wednesday, issuing a press release with these headlines: "Lyin' Comey Is About To Sink Even Lower".

Lawmakers in Congress are set to be briefed on the inspector general's report on Thursday, which is likely to escalate tensions between the justice department and Trump.

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

The almost 600-page report, which was compiled by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, was released Thursday and was critical of Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation. McCabe's attorney, Michael Bromwich, has called the referral "unjustified".

Sessions said before the inspector general's latest report was released that "if anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so". "Second, this report is vital in shedding light for future leaders on the nature and quality of our investigation and the decisions we made". The IG added he was "deeply troubled" by anti-Trump texts sent between two people on the investigation. For instance, according to the IG report: "Mueller was appointed Special Counsel on May 17, 2017". Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) said in a joint statement, "is that the FBI's actions helped Donald Trump become president".

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