WASHINGTON ― Former FBI Director James Comey, who famously criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using personal email, used his own personal email account and laptop to conduct FBI business, according to a report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog.
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.
"The report did not find any evidence of political bias or improper consideration actually impacting the investigation under review", Wray said.
The "insubordinate" Comey behavior, as it was described in the report, gives Trump's lawyers ammunition, according to sources, to argue that Trump had no improper motive in firing Comey - which they claim had nothing to do with Russian Federation.
Both Democrats and Republicans have used parts of the report to support their claims about the Clinton investigation. As Trump and his allies work to discredit Comey and others who either are or were previously involved in investigating his campaign, the report offers a potential way to undermine them. The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that, ′ Trump said on the White House North Lawn.
President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.
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The report said that there was no evidence that either ever acted on their sentiments, but assailed both for "extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism".
In response, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI will review the inspector generals' findings and will take any appropriate action to hold people accountable.
Comey and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were heavily faulted in the report, with Comey seen as repeatedly skirting agency rules and procedures - and two agents under him revealing in personal messages a "willingness to take official action to impact" Trump's election chances. Dershowitz also argued that the report went too soft on Comey, who he said was motivated not by political bias, but by a desire to protect himself from criticism.
"The FBI's inaction had potentially far-reaching consequences", the report found, noting there were no persuasive arguments to explain the delay. Many FBI employees had access to sensitive government information and were in contact with the press.
The second finding, a previously unpublished text exchange between now infamous FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, was far more damning and leaves lingering questions to the credibility of the investigation.
But my emails, she said, reacting in a three-word tweet.