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    Comey did not follow FBI rules in Clinton e-mail investigation, report says

    14 de junio de 2018

    Washington, Jun 14 (efe-epa).- Former FBI Director James Comey failed to follow regular procedures in his investigation of candidate Hillary Clinton for her e-mail use, according to a Department of Justice report released on Thursday.

    The document says that Comey did not act for partisan ends against the Democratic presidential candidate, although it adds that the then-FBI chief committed a "serious error of judgment" by deciding to inform Congress of the investigation and not his superiors in the DOJ.

    Inspector General Michael Horowitz also said in the 500-page report, however, that Comey did not show any political bias or try to influence the election, and he did not contest Comey's decision not to prosecute Clinton in the e-mail matter.

    Just 10 days before the November 2016 presidential vote, Comey informed Congress that he was reopening his investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server for her work as secretary of state under former President Barack Obama.

    Among the items examined in producing the report were conversations among FBI officials showing their opposition to then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, something that was criticized in the text, and the report says that these statements imply that the officials had partisan objectives against the magnate, although they also criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's former rival for the Democratic nomination.

    Specifically, the report makes reference to a dialogue between a top FBI official, Peter Strzok, and a lawyer with the agency in which the latter asked him if Trump would become president and he responded, "No. No he's not. We'll stop it."

    Horowitz's report did not determine that bias had any impact on decisions surrounding the Clinton e-mail probe prior to July 2016, but it does say that there were questions about whether bias could have influenced Strzok's professional judgments later that fall.

    For the past 18 months, the inspector general has been examining the matter to determine if FBI policies and procedures were properly and coherently followed after on July 5, 2016, Comey said that he would not file charges against Clinton but on Oct. 28 of that year informed Congress that he was reopening the investigation.