Federal Bureau of Investigation director: Inspector general's report proves no political bias

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The Justice Department has issued a stinging rebuke to the FBI for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was "alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI" in the Clinton probe.

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Mr Comey said the report confirmed the call there was "no prosecutable case" against Mrs Clinton, and stood by his decision to inform Congress the case had been reopened days before the election. Two days before Comey sent his October 28 letter to Congress announcing the resumption of the Clinton email investigation, Giuliani predicted on Fox News that Trump had a "pretty big surprise" coming in the "next few days".

The FBI lawyer told investigators his "personal political feelings or beliefs ... in no way impacted" his work on the Clinton or Russian Federation probe.

"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.

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But the report of the Department of Justice Inspector General, released Thursday, shows that the FBI may actually have neglected an investigation into emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop in an effort to stop Donald Trump from winning.

The IG report details many communications where discussions of politics were mixed with discussions of official actions surrounding the Hillary investigation.

Along with the FBI's cozy relationship with the media, Horowitz's report charges that officials in the bureau at "all levels of the organization" leaked information to reporters without authorization.

He added Thursday's report "does identify errors of judgment, violations of or even disregard for policy, or decisions that at the very least with the benefit of hindsight were not the best choices". This specific report, we have a team going through line by line.

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The report criticized Comey for publicly announcing his recommendation against criminal charges for Clinton. "However, I have no faith that those under investigation are also able to provide an unbiased review and edit the IG's work".

The DOJ inspector general panned many of his key decisions, though he did agree with the recommendation not to charge Clinton.

It does not take a seasoned FBI investigator to deduce what it means to "stop" a candidate, create an "insurance policy" in case of that candidate's election, and "protect" the country against "that menace".

Second, although Federal Bureau of Investigation policy strictly limits the employees who are authorized to speak to the media, we found that this policy appeared to be widely ignored during the period we reviewed.

But Comey says in a tweet that he respects the inspector general's work and believes the conclusions are "reasonable".

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