Monday, 25 June, 2018

Jeff Sessions defends firing Comey ahead of Clinton email report

Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton. Source Associated Press
Steven Clarke | 14 June, 2018, 20:45

The Justice Department's internal watchdog found that former FBI Director James Comey's actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation deviated from the department's norms but that Comey was not motivated by political bias, according to two sources familiar with the report.

But Bloomberg News, which also reported the new Strzok message, said Horowitz's report "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed".

In an interview with The Hill, Sessions said he thinks the report will support President Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

"No. No he won't".

A highly anticipated report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation will be released Thursday by the Justice Department.

The report will also discuss Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two Federal Bureau of Investigation staffers whom Republicans accused of bias against Trump after thousands of text messages sent via their work-issued mobile phones were made public. Republicans argued that these messages showed proof of bias within the agency.

The report is set to be released at 2 p.m. When Horowitz announced the review in January 2017, he said it would address accusations that Peter Kadzik, the former head of legislative affairs at DOJ, gave "non-public information" to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, after reports on stolen emails from WikiLeaks revealed Kadzik sent a "heads up" about a congressional hearing where another Justice official was likely to be questioned about Clinton's email use.

Terence Crawford scores TKO over Jeff Horn, wins WBO welterweight title
I always knew he would be crafty and skilful but I didn't realise how hard he would be to catch, " Horn said. It's left Horn, who now has a 18-1-1 professional record, with a sense of unfinished business in America.

A congressional source told Fox News that Page's text about Trump "not ever going to become president" was produced to Congress, but Strzok's response that "we'll stop it" was not.

What has Trump said about the inspector general's report?

"The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation". That development unfolded as Trump's own campaign - unbeknownst at the time to the American public - also came under FBI investigation for possible coordination with Russian Federation.

"Now that I am back from Singapore, where we had a great result with respect to North Korea, the thought process must sadly go back to the Witch Hunt, always remembering that there was No Collusion and No Obstruction of the fabricated No Crime", the president wrote.

In another tweet, he referred to the investigation as a "pile of garbage".

The IG's report is expected to be over 500 pages.

"What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey", Trump tweeted on June 5. Eastern time, while Mr. Trump and members of Congress will receive briefings earlier in the day. His most significant report before this was the 2012 study of the botched Obama-era gun operation known as Fast and Furious. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker!

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