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All week, we awaited the release of the Inspector General’s report on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. So far, the revelations are:
- James Comey was insubordinate by calling that press conference in July 2016 to announce that Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” but would not be criminally charged. After viewing 1.2 million documents and interviewing over 100 witnesses, the inspector general wrote in the report: “It was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to conceal his intentions from his superiors, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, for the admitted purpose of preventing them from telling him not to make the statement, and to instruct his subordinates in the FBI to do the same. 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.”
- There were “foreign actors” (AKA Russia?) who got access to emails between Hillary Clinton’s staff via her unsecured server.
- There is a newly discovered (and very damning) text between FBI employees Peter Strozk and Lisa Page, who are believed to be part of the FBI’s efforts to thwart Trump’s campaign. The text is from August 8, 2016.
- Furthermore, Strozk was charged with analyzing thousands of emails from Anthony Weiner’s computer – yet he prioritized the investigation into the Trump campaign over those Clinton emails, and the IG says that decision was most likely “not free from bias.”
- The report also states that text messages between three other FBI employees “included statements of hostility toward then candidate Trump and statements of support for candidate Clinton.” One of those people was an FBI attorney who later went to work on the Russia investigation under Robert Mueller (coincidence?). The IG says Strozk, Page and the three unnamed employees “brought discredit to themselves and hurt the Bureau’s reputation.”
- Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch showed “bad judgement” by allowing Bill Clinton to come into her plane on the Phoenix tarmac in June 2016. The report says, “Lynch’s failure to recognize the appearance problem created by former President Clinton’s visit and to take action to cut the visit short was an error in judgment.”
Nothing to see here, right?
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