Peter Strzok Lawyer Calls DOJ's IG Report 'Critically Flawed'

Comey 'deviated' from standard procedure in Clinton probe, report finds; Trump responds

James Comey "deviated" from FBI and justice department procedures in his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, the U.S. inspector general has concluded - but was not motivated by political bias.

Addressing the inspector general's report that mildly rebuked former FBI Director James Comey's handing of an investigation into ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, Cortes latched onto an exchange between two agents who indicated that Trump needed to be stopped.

In addition to criticizing Comey's actions, the inspector general's report also condemned Federal Bureau of Investigation employees for sending political messages critical of then-candidate Donald Trump, which created the appearance of bias and implied "a willingness to take official action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects".

This conclusion is similar to a memo Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote.

The 568-page report released Thursday calls former FBI Director James Comey "insubordinate" and says his actions were "extraordinary".

While some of their messages between Strzok and Page were anti-Trump, others took aim at lawmakers such as U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, whom Clinton defeated for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I do not agree with all of the inspector general's conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism", Comey wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times after the report's release Thursday.

"I get why he would be very concerned about that".

The Inspector General did not have "confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russian Federation investigation over following up" on new evidence in the Clinton case "was free from bias".

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'Cause there's a new shocking phrase in town and it's one that goes like this: Dear Lisa Page, don't worry, Trump won't be president, "we'll stop it". However, while other reports do implicate McCabe in wrongdoing, the IG says that McCabe "did what he was supposed to do" with regards to his decision not to recuse.

"What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey", Trump tweeted on June 5.

Democrats - and even Mrs Clinton herself - have blamed Mr Comey for her election loss to US President Donald Trump.

"It is a damning indictment of former FBI Director Comey and the Department of Justice's mishandling of the investigation", said Rep Darrell Issa, a California Republican.

"I hope the substance of this report was maintained throughout the entire review process", Biggs said. "It's the reason why Bob Mueller removed Peter Strzok, who is an excellent agent, removed him from the investigation", Comey told CNN's Jake Tapper. Page questioned whether Trump would become president.

An earlier inspector general report criticised McCabe and led to his firing on allegations that he misled internal investigators about his role in a news media disclosure.

"We believe that anything and everything relating to Mr. McCabe's recusals should be made public, and neither DOJ nor the OIG should do anything to hide any aspect of it", Bromwich said.

It does not take a seasoned FBI investigator to deduce what it means to "stop" a candidate, create an "insurance policy" in case of that candidate's election, and "protect" the country against "that menace". "Right?!" Page texted Strzok.

The report says Comey's determination was "consistent with the Department's historical approach in prior cases under different leadership".

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