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
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.