Comey deviated from Federal Bureau of Investigation norms in Clinton email probe

Comey deviated from Federal Bureau of Investigation norms in Clinton email probe

But the so-called "Midyear" team - the investigative unit that had handled the Clinton investigation - did not move to review them until just days before the end of the election, nearly a month after FBI officials in NY found them.

The full report is expected to be released publicly Thursday afternoon. The IG's criticism of Comey's actions was first reported by Bloomberg.

The inspector general's detailed report is set to be released later in the day. However, Trump's original justification for axing Comey - failing to follow Justice Department protocols - quickly fell by the wayside when Trump said he did it with the "Russia thing" on this mind.

The FBI obtained a warrant nine days before the presidential election to review those emails, found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, but ultimately determined there was nothing in them that changed its original conclusion. But the practical effect of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's findings will likely now pour lighter fluid on an already heated debate about the actions and motivations of law enforcement that has continued to simmer throughout the Trump administration.

Horowitz found a "troubling lack of any direct, substantive communication" between Comey and Attorney General Lynch ahead of the July 5 press conference and Comey's October 28 letter to Congress.

A Justice Department spokesman indicated Thursday that the report will include discussion of additional text messages between the former top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page.

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Strzok told investigators that at the time he was prioritizing the investigation into then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti: "I think that Michael Cohen is in a very, very bad spot" MSNBC reporter: Detained immigrant children "effectively incarcerated" in Texas facility GOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump "will be making a mistake" MORE's campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets elected", Strzok wrote, "but I'm afraid we can't take that risk".

No. In July 2016, Comey made the controversial decision in July 2016 to announce that he was recommending that no charges be filed over the investigation into Clinton's emails.

"This report confirms what we have known for a long time - that the FBI inappropriately applied a double standard to the Clinton and Trump investigations which hurt her and helped elect him", Podesta told Reuters.

Officials from Justice and FBI are expected to testify about the report before congressional committees next week, including the House Judiciary Committee, which has been doing its own investigation into the Clinton probe.

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