Watch­dog sees er­rors in Comey’s Clin­ton probe

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

In a sting­ing re­port, the Jus­tice Depart­ment watch­dog said Thursday that for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey was “in­sub­or­di­nate’’ in his han­dling of the Hil­lary Clin­ton email in­ves­ti­ga­tion dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. But it also con­cluded there was no ev­i­dence that Comey was mo­ti­vated by po­lit­i­cal bias.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has looked to the hotly an­tic­i­pated re­port to pro­vide a fresh line of at­tack against Comey and the FBI as he claims that a po­lit­i­cally tainted bureau tried to un­der­mine his cam­paign and — through the later Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion — his pres­i­dency.

Clin­ton and her sup­port­ers, on the other hand, have com­plained that Comey’s later an­nounce­ment, shortly be­fore the elec­tion, that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was be­ing re­opened badly hurt her chances to de­feat her Repub­li­can ri­val.

But the nu­anced find­ings pro­vide no con­clu­sions to sup­port ei­ther Repub­li­cans or Democrats who want to claim to­tal vin­di­ca­tion.

The in­spec­tor gen­eral’s re­port con­cluded that Comey, who an­nounced in the sum­mer of 2016 that Clin­ton would not be charged with any crime in the email probe, de­parted from nor­mal Jus­tice Depart­ment pro­to­col nu­mer­ous times.

But it also says, “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.’’

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