Comey crit­i­cised on Clin­ton email probe

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The US Jus­tice Depart­ment’s watch­dog has crit­i­cised the FBI and for­mer di­rec­tor James Comey for their han­dling of the Hil­lary Clin­ton email in­ves­ti­ga­tion but con­cluded his ac­tions were not mo­ti­vated by po­lit­i­cal bias.

The in­spec­tor gen­eral’s re­port said Mr Comey, who an­nounced in the sum­mer of 2016 that Mrs Clin­ton would not be charged with any crime, was in­sub­or­di­nate and de­parted from nor­mal pro­to­col nu­mer­ous times.

But it said: “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.” Mr Comey said he dis­agrees with some of the con­clu­sions of the re­port.

But he said in a tweet that he re­spects the in­spec­tor gen­eral’s work and be­lieves the con­clu­sions are “rea­son­able”. He said “peo­ple of good faith” can see the “un­prece­dented sit­u­a­tion dif­fer­ently”. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has looked to the re­port to pro­vide a fresh line of at­tack against Mr Comey and his deputy, An­drew McCabe, as he claims that a po­lit­i­cally tainted bureau tried to un­der­mine his cam­paign and, through the later Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, his pres­i­dency.

James Comey: Watch­dog said his ac­tions not af­fected by bias.

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