Watch­dog: Comey broke pro­ce­dures in Clin­ton probe

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTINSIGHT -

WASH­ING­TON: For­mer FBI di­rec­tor James Comey “de­vi­ated” from bureau and jus­tice depart­ment pro­ce­dures in han­dling the probe into Hil­lary Clin­ton, dam­ag­ing the agen­cies’ im­age of im­par­tial­ity even though he wasn’t mo­ti­vated by pol­i­tics, the depart­ment’s watch­dog found in a highly an­tic­i­pated re­port.

“While we did not find that these de­ci­sions were the re­sult of po­lit­i­cal bias on Comey’s part, we nev­er­the­less con­cluded that by de­part­ing so clearly and dra­mat­i­cally from FBI and depart­ment norms, the de­ci­sions neg­a­tively im­pacted the per­cep­tion of the FBI and the depart­ment as fair ad­min­is­tra­tors of jus­tice,” in­spec­tor gen­eral Michael Horowitz said in the re­port’s con­clu­sions, which were ob­tained by Bloomberg News.

Al­though the re­port be­ing sent to the US Congress on Thursday doesn’t deal with the ori­gins of the probe into Rus­sia med­dling in the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and pos­si­ble col­lu­sion with those around Don­ald Trump, the pres­i­dent and his Repub­li­can al­lies in Congress were primed to seize on it as ev­i­dence of poor judg­ment and anti-trump bias within the bureau and the jus­tice depart­ment. BLOOMBERG

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