DOJ: Comey’s handling of Clinton email investigation unconventional but not biased
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DOJ: Comey’s handling of Clinton email investigation unconventional but not biased

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] issued a report [text, PDF] Thursday that reviewed various actions by the FBI and former Director James Comey leading up to the 2016 election.

The DOJ internal review organization found that Comey’s actions before the election were not within FBI norms, but they were not motivated by bias and did not challenge Comey’s decision to not prosecute Clinton.

Inspector general, Michael Horowitz wrote Comey’s decisions “were based on the prosecutor’s assessment of facts, the law and past department practice.”

The review examined allegations of particular investigative decisions that were the subject of “public or internal controversy,” including: decisions not to obtain or seek to review certain evidence, such as the personal devices used by former Secretary Hilary Clinton’s senior aides; the way a July 2, 2016, Clinton interview was handled; among others. The report examined text messages and instant messages between some FBI employees conducted on FBI mobile devices and computers that “expressed statements of hostility toward then candidate Donald Trump and statements of support for then candidate Clinton.”

The report does not address Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation [JURIST report] into Russia meddling in the 2016 US election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign.