Former FBI Boss Comey Used Personal Email During Clinton Case


Both Wray and Horowitz pushed back on two narratives that President Trump continues to perpetuate - that the IG report completely exonerates him in the Russian Federation probe and the Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation is a witch hunt. That investigation loomed over most of the presidential campaign, and Horowitz and his investigators uncovered no proof that political opinions at the FBI influenced its outcome.

Trump's lawyers will argue that the report's criticism of Comey makes it clear the President fired him for the right reasons - and the decision was not part of an effort to obstruct justice.

It said anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged by FBI employees who worked on the investigation cast a cloud on the agency's handling of the probe and damaged its reputation. "Mueller only gets an interview after he gets thoroughly investigated and we determine his conflicts, the biases and prejudices of his staff", Giuliani said.

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who earlier served as the high-profile USA attorney for the Southern District of New York, has been playing "offense" on Trump's behalf, as he describes his role, attacking not only the tactics but also the very justification of the Mueller-led investigation. But they discussed for months how to end the investigation and communicate that with the public.

Monday's Senate hearing followed publication last week of a report by FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz that concluded that former FBI Director James Comey made a "serious error of judgment" when he announced he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server a few weeks before the election.

"The inspector general does not do good news reports, and you would expect nothing less from him", said Eric Barnhart, who oversees Federal Bureau of Investigation field offices in Utah, Idaho and Montana.

But Democrats used the same testimony to rebut the President's claims that the inspector general report exonerated him and proved there was no collusion, which Trump tweeted last week after the report was released.

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Mueller, the former FBI director enlisted by the Justice Department to be special counsel in May 2017, has overseen the wide-ranging investigation that to date has brought charges against 20 individuals.

The President's lawyers believe they can put together what one source called a "compelling story" to effectively put the entire Justice Department on trial if Mueller's investigation continues.

Horowitz himself is still tasked with investigating the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia investigation, in which Republicans allege they abused the foreign surveillance process and exhibited bias toward Trump.

"We did not look into collusion questions", said Inspector General Horowitz, in response to questioning from Sen. Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Artemenko, a witness in the Russian Federation investigation who testified before the grand jury, told ABC News that numerous questions from Mueller's team focused on Cohen and his relationship with Russian Federation.

Comey has previously said he commissioned an internal probe into the leaks.

Wray said the report only addresses a specific set of facts and the actions of a handful of officials. We now know reporter Michael Isikoff's primary source for that story was Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm Democrats were paying to dig up dirt on Trump.

Comey told the inspector general that, had he known about the laptop in the beginning of October and thought the email review could have been completed before the election, it may have affected his decision to notify Congress. Trump also asserted, "I did nothing wrong".