Director: FBI won’t repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 19, 2018,
Jun 19, 2018, 1:24
While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from Federal Bureau of Investigation and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the department as fair administrators of justice.
Horowitz appeared alongside FBI Director Chris Wray in a hearing about last week's release of his long-awaited inspector general report about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, who Trump tapped as Comey's successor a year ago, also stood by the report's final conclusion Thursday afternoon, vowed the nation's top law enforcement agency would learn from past mistakes and assured more training for agents. "We'll stop it." Both were initially involved with the Mueller investigation but later removed from the team.
Then-FBI director Comey concluded in July 2016 that while there was "evidence of potential violations" regarding the handling of classified information, "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case against Clinton.
"I have the greatest supporters in the world, by the way they're the smartest, they're the hardest working, they pay taxes".
FBI Director Chris Wray and Inspector General Michael Horowitz are the two witnesses. Democrats said it confirmed political bias did not influence the Clinton investigation, while Republicans seized on a newly disclosed text by an FBI agent in mid-2016 expressing his apparent intention to "stop" the Trump campaign.
Initially when Comey was sacked, the Trump administration presented the dismissal as related to his handling of the Clinton email probe.
On the day of Trump's election, for example, Strzok said he was "depressed", and Page said "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING".
"Doesn't get any lower than that!" he added.
Horowitz's revelations are an ironic footnote to the Clinton investigation, which began with the revelation that the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee had used a personal email address to conduct official correspondence while secretary of state.
The self-admiration comes despite Trump having said in a television interview shortly after the explosive firing that he got rid of Comey because of "this Russian Federation thing".
Giuliani, who, aside from Trump himself, has been the most public face of the President's efforts to challenge the validity of the Mueller probe, made similar remarks to Fox News' Sean Hannity the night before.