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

Hillary Clinton

Regardless of its severity, any kind of criticism of Comey in the IG's report will likely please President Trump, who took to Twitter on Thursday morning to vent his frustrations with the ongoing and fruitless "Russiagate" investigation, with Comey, and with the "fake news" media.

A copy of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's findings, which Bloomberg reportedly obtained before their Thursday afternoon release, suggest that the former federal bureau of investigation head broke with procedures in announcing the conclusion of the Clinton email probe, damaging the agency's image of impartiality.

Of particular interest is Comey's announcement two weeks before the 2016 election that the agency was reopening the Clinton email probe after stumbling upon the new material. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, and ex-deputy director Andrew McCabe will all be given a thorough review for their conduct during the 2016 election. "Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker!" President Donald Trump has tweeted that he was eagerly awaiting it, and both Democrats and Republicans are watching to see how it will affect public opinion. There are so many frightful things to tell, the public has the right to know. It represents the culmination of an 18-month review into one of the most consequential FBI investigations in recent history.

Lynch - after a controversial private meeting with former President Bill Clinton - did not formally recuse herself from the case, but she had announced that she would go along with whatever Comey recommended.

Trump was set to receive a briefing Thursday on the 500-page report, which the president is widely expected to use to launch fresh attacks against not only Clinton but also the law enforcement officials behind special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, which Trump has repeatedly referred to as a "witch hunt".

"If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so", he concluded.

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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.

Trump lashed out anew at the investigation on Thursday in a pair of tweets.

The OIG report is expected to address this and other alleged missteps that Comey made during the Clinton investigation.

Comey has said he felt compelled to alert Congress to the new emails, after having previously testified that the investigation was done. "Right?!" Page texted Strzok.

The report is also critical of the former attorney general, though sources could not provide further details.

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