The US Department of Justice has released a long-awaited report looking into the FBI’s handling of its investigation into the use of a private email server by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Republicans had been impatiently awaiting the release of the report into the law enforcement agency’s probe, and recent reports had suggested that Inspector General Michael Horowitz's document would be critical of both the Justice Department itself and the FBI.
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In particular, it was expected that the report would accuse former FBI director James Comey – fired in 2017 by Trump – of defying presidential authority and criticize his handling the investigation into Clinton’s private email server use. Trump himself has repeatedly lambasted Comey, branding him a “nutjob” and “the worst FBI director in history.”
Comey caused outrage in 2016, when 10 days before the presidential election between Trump and Hillary Clinton, he announced the reopening of the investigation into Clinton’s use of an email server – something which Democrats said was a major cause of her defeat.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz's probe has already exposed two incidents that Republican lawmakers say show wrongdoings by the DOJ. In April, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was the subject of a harsh report accusing him of leaking information to the media to “advance his personal interests” and subsequently misleading the department during an investigation into the incident.
Horowitz also revealed internal text messages between two FBI agents and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, which were critical of Trump and which Republicans used as further proof that law enforcement agencies were acting against Trump’s campaign.
Comey angered Trump when, after his firing, he handed over memos documenting his interactions with the president to a friend and asked him to share them with the media in the hope that they would lead to the appointment of a special counsel to lead an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged dealings with Russia, which ultimately happened with the appointment of Robert S. Mueller in 2017.
Horowitz is expected to come before Congress to be questioned about the report in a series of hearings next week.