The Department of Justice’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, has released his report on how the DOJ and FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server investigation.
In the IG report, former FBI Director James Comey was faulted for breaking a number of rules in his handling of the investigation, which attempted to subvert the oversight of his superiors.
In addition, the report outlines significant political bias among FBI investigators, some of which promised they would stop the election of Donald Trump.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday released his long-awaited report detailing his review of the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential election, finding then-FBI Director James Comey to be “insubordinate” with his public statements on the investigation.
For more than a year, Horowitz has been reviewing the agencies’ actions related to its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Horowitz’s investigation looked at a variety of allegations, including whether it was improper for Comey to make a public announcement about not recommending prosecution over the Clinton email arrangement.
“We found that 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,” Horowitz’s report says.
Newly discovered texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page also play a key role in the findings.
“In particular, we were concerned about text messages exchanged by FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Special Counsel to the Deputy Director, that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations,” the report says.
According to the report, Strzok texted Page in August 2016 that “we’ll stop” Donald Trump from becoming president.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
Horowitz’s review months ago revealed other anti-Trump texts between the two officials, who were romantically involved. The “stop” Trump text goes further, and is likely to fuel claims from the White House that the bureau was working against him.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement the report shows “an alarming and destructive level of animus displayed by top officials at the FBI.”