Watchdog: Comey broke procedures in Clinton probe
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