No Hillary bias

The former FBI director, James B. Comey, was insubordinate in his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, a critical justice department report has concluded, according to officials and others who saw or were briefed on it.

By New York Times News Service in Washington
  • Published 15.06.18
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Washington: The former FBI director, James B. Comey, was insubordinate in his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, a critical justice department report has concluded, according to officials and others who saw or were briefed on it.

But the report, by the department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, does not challenge the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

Nor does it conclude that political bias at the FBI influenced that decision, the officials said.

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations," the report said, according to one official who read the sentence to The New York Times.

"Rather, we concluded that they were based on the prosecutor's assessment of facts, the law, and past department practice."

The report has been highly anticipated in Washington, not least by President Trump, who has argued that a secret coterie of FBI agents rigged the investigation to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency.

The findings, as described by officials cite no evidence to support that theory.