After an 18-month investigation into the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton probe, the highly anticipated report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz is out. Some of the key takeaways include:
1. A slew of anti-Trump text messages between special counsel Lisa Page and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok damaged the integrity of the entire Clinton email probe, Horowitz writes.
2. Five unnamed FBI employees are under scrutiny for anti-Trump bias. These five include two agents, as well as an FBI attorney who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe until earlier this year. E.g., one called Trump supporters “retarded.”
3. President Obama, who said he didn’t know anything about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using a private email server, corresponded with her via her private email address using a fake name.
4. Former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe didn’t fully recuse themselves from the investigation, despite having multiple connections to Hillary Clinton.
5. Former-FBI Director James Comey repeatedly violated FBI policies policies and inaccurately described the legal situation surrounding Clinton’s emails. The IG’s most substantial criticisms of Comey centered around his decision to stage a dramatic news conference in the summer of 2016, in which he announced that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, even as he acknowledged she had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information.
6. Former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch made multiple errors in judgment during the Clinton probe.
7. FBI agents’ actions surrounding the DOJ/FBI interview of Hillary Clinton were inappropriate, improperly political, and created an appearance of bias.
Somehow, this ended up with the IG concluding that all of this was the result of “poor judgment” and that there was no evidence that improper political considerations influenced the investigators’ decisions.