Inspector General Horowitz’s report

The 18-month Inspector General review of the DOJ/FBI investigation of the Hillary Clinton email has been released. You can read and/or download the report here:

OIG REPORT LINK

Other than to say that the Executive Summary should be taken with a grain of salt, I recommend that you read the detailed contents (which I am doing myself).

The Background in the Introduction to the formal report reads as follows:

The Department of Justice (Department) Office of the Inspector General
(OIG) undertook this review of various actions by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) and Department in connection with the investigation into the
use of a private email server by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton
served as Secretary of State from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013, and
during that time used private email servers hosting the @clintonemail.com domain
to conduct official Department of State (State Department) business.

In 2014, in response to a request from the State Department to Clinton for
“copies of any Federal records in [her] possession, such as emails sent or received
on a personal email account while serving as Secretary of State,” Clinton produced
to the State Department 30,490 emails from her private server that her attorneys
determined were work-related. Clinton and her attorneys did not produce to the
State Department approximately 31,830 emails because, they stated, they were
personal in nature, and these emails subsequently were deleted from the laptop
computers that the attorneys used to review them.

In 2015, at the State Department’s request, the Office of the Inspector
General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) reviewed emails from Clinton’s
private email server that she had produced to the State Department and identified
a potential compromise of classified information. The IC IG subsequently referred
this information to the FBI.

The FBI opened an investigation, known as “Midyear Exam” (MYE or
Midyear), into the storage and transmission of classified information on Clinton’s
unclassified private servers in July 2015. Over the course of the next year, FBI
agents and analysts and Department prosecutors conducted the investigation.
Their activities included obtaining and analyzing servers and devices used by
Clinton, contents of private email accounts for certain senior aides, and computers
and email accounts used to back up, process, or transfer Clinton’s emails. The
investigative team interviewed numerous witnesses, including current and former
State Department employees.

On June 27, 2016, while the Midyear investigation was nearing completion,
then Attorney General (AG) Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton had an
unscheduled meeting while their planes were parked on the tarmac at Phoenix’s
Sky Harbor Airport. Former President Clinton boarded Lynch’s plane, and Lynch,
Lynch’s husband, and the former President met for approximately 20 to 30
minutes. Following the meeting, Lynch publicly denied having any conversation
about the Midyear investigation or any other substantive matter pending before the
Department. Nevertheless, the meeting created significant controversy. On July 1,
2016, Lynch publicly announced that she would accept the recommendation of the
Midyear investigative and prosecutorial team regarding whether to charge former
Secretary Clinton.

The following day, Saturday, July 2, 2016, the FBI and Department
prosecutors interviewed former Secretary Clinton at the FBI’s Headquarters
building. Then, on July 5, 2016, without coordinating with the Department and with
very brief notice to it, then FBI Director James Comey publicly delivered a
statement that criticized Clinton, characterized her and her senior aides as
“extremely careless” in their handling of classified information, and asserted that it
was possible hostile actors gained access to Clinton’s personal email account.
Comey concluded, however, that the investigation should be closed because “no
reasonable prosecutor” would prosecute Clinton or others, citing the strength of the
evidence and the lack of precedent for bringing a case on these facts. The following
day, July 6, 2016, Lynch was briefed by the prosecutors and formally accepted their
recommendation to decline prosecution.

On October 28, 2016, 11 days before the presidential election, Comey sent a
letter to Congress announcing the discovery of emails that “appear[ed] to be
pertinent” to the Midyear investigation. Comey’s letter was referring to the FBI’s
discovery of a large quantity of emails during the search of a laptop computer
obtained in an unrelated investigation of Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton’s
former Deputy Chief of Staff and personal assistant, Huma Abedin.

The FBI obtained a search warrant to review the emails 2 days later, on
October 30, 2016. Over the next 6 days, the FBI processed and reviewed a large
volume of emails. On November 6, 2016, 2 days before the election, Comey sent a
second letter to Congress stating that the review of the emails on the laptop had
not changed the FBI’s earlier conclusions with respect to Clinton.

The OIG initiated this review on January 12, 2017, in response to requests
from numerous Chairmen and Ranking Members of Congressional oversight
committees, various organizations, and members of the public to investigate
various decisions made in the Midyear investigation.

Please feel free to comment on the contents of the report here.

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4 Responses to Inspector General Horowitz’s report

  1. stella says:

    One FBI agent on the Hillary investigation wrote in an FBI text:

    Trump’s supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS.

    “POS” is the agent’s acronym for “Pieces Of S***.”

    Liked by 2 people

    • lovely says:

      As I said don’t listen to the “Woe is me” crowd bellyaching about the IG report a nothing burger.

      I’ve been reading bits and pieces an it is devastating for team Obama, Hillary, Comey et al.

      The Law is a slow and exacting process. The root is rotten and Wray is speaking legalese he did not say that there was no political motivation, from what I’ve read the report does not state there is not political motivation, it concludes that Comey and other agents were biased, were influenced by their biases but it cannot be proven that their biases were/are of a political persuasion rather than a personal aversion to Trump and fear of Hillary Clinton’s retribution once she was president if they did not do her bidding.

      This is bad news for democrats.

      I am beginning to think that Comey knew that there would be some ugly backlash after the election about his letting Crooked Hillary off the legal hook after her obviously criminal behavior was made public.

      But remember all of these people veery single one of them was operating under the assumption that Hillary would be POTUS.

      Comey was acting preemptively when he stated that new emails onAnthony Weiner’s computer had been found and the Clinton case had been reopened.

      Then the FBI magically combed through 8 bazillion emails in 12 seconds and Comey said “Meh” “Never mind. Hillary is pure.”

      The reopening of the Clinton email investigation was to be the catch all answer when someone questioned whether the FBI director was biased in his investigation, if Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton colluded to make the investigation go away and Hillary would have cackled, “Remember, James Comey, reopened the investigation into me just days before the election, that doesn’t sound like he was on my side does it? DOES IT???”

      The above scenario is just a guess but it fits every box as to why Comey “reopened the investigation.” ✅

      Passage that you are talking about Stella;

      Like

  2. stella says:

    Kimberley Strassel
    @KimStrassel
    1) Don’t believe anyone who claims Horowitz didn’t find bias. He very carefully says that he found no “documentary” evidence that bias produced “specific investigatory decisions.” That’s different #IGReport

    2) It means he didn’t catch anyone doing anything so dumb as writing down that they took a specific step to aid a candidate. You know, like: “Let’s give out this Combetta immunity deal so nothing comes out that will derail Hillary for President.”

    3) But he in fact finds bias everywhere. The examples are shocking and concerning, and he devotes entire sections to them. And he very specifically says in the summary that they “cast a cloud” on the entire “investigation’s credibility.” That’s pretty damning. #IGReport

    4) Meanwhile this same cast of characters who the IG has now found to have made a hash of the Clinton investigation and who demonstrate such bias, seamlessly moved to the Trump investigation. And we’re supposed to think they got that one right? #IGReport

    5) Also don’t believe anyone who says this is just about Comey and his instances of insubordination. (Though they are bad enough.) This is an indictment broadly of an FBI culture that believes itself above the rules it imposes on others. #IGReport

    6) People failing to adhere to their recusals (Kadzik/McCabe). Lynch hanging with Bill. Staff helping Comey conceal details of presser from DOJ bosses. Use of personal email and laptops. Leaks. Accepting gifts from media. Agent affairs/relationships.

    7)It also contains stunning examples of incompetence. Comey explains that he wasn’t aware the Weiner laptop was big deal because he didn’t know Weiner was married to Abedin? Then they sit on it a month, either cuz it fell through cracks (wow) or were more obsessed w/Trump

    8) And I can still hear the echo of the howls from when Trump fired Comey. Still waiting to hear the apologies now that this report has backstopped the Rosenstein memo and the obvious grounds for dismissal.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. jeans2nd says:

    Reading through this, every fibre in my being is screaming Noooooooooooo! Don’t make me read this!
    And yet, how else will one know the truth, if not read for oneself? There are so few places that will truly render an unbiased reading.
    The sad part is, we pay ppl to write this stuff.

    One of those FBI agents said that Ohio Trump ppl are retards.
    How does one of those Ohio retards volunteer for jury duty?

    Thx for doing the hard part, Stella and Stellars. Truly doing the Lord’s work.

    Liked by 1 person

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