Comey 'deviated' from standard procedure in Clinton probe, report finds; Trump responds

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"We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed..."

In July 2016, Comey held an unusual news conference to explain why the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not be recommending criminal charges against Clinton over her use of the private server, instead of a State Department server, for some official business.

The investigation expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Mr Comey and Loretta Lynch, the former attorney general. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! Comey concluded on his own, without consulting Lynch (who had not officially recused herself after her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton) on prosecutorial policy in regard to potential charges in the Hillary Clinton case.

That's a tweet Trump could easily have written on any day before his briefing on the Horowitz report, and has written in some form on many occasions before this.

"It was the right thing to do", he said.

Former FBI lawyer and aide Lisa Page wrote to ex-FBI investigator Peter Strozk a seemingly distressed message, according to Bloomberg News on Thursday.

The report did hammer Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation, but did not assert any political "bias".

While Comey is already gone from the FBI, Sessions hinted that more departures may follow the report's release, depending on what it says. "We'll stop it", Strzok responded, according to the Post report.

In an interview with the Hill's new television show "Rising", which aired Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is open to firing employees if the inspector general's report warrants it.

What has Trump said about the inspector general's report?

The president again denounced the investigation into his campaign in a Thursday morning tweet.

Comey has said he felt compelled to alert Congress to the new emails, after having previously testified that the investigation was done. Page left the FBI in May but Strzok, once the No. 2 in the counterintelligence division, remains at the bureau, now stationed in human resources.

Trump was set to receive a briefing Thursday on the 500-page report, which the president is widely expected to use to launch fresh attacks against not only Clinton but also the law enforcement officials behind special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, which Trump has repeatedly referred to as a "witch hunt".

For months, the Strzok-Page story has drawn a great deal of political interest, primarily because their dislike of Trump and influence within the DOJ have raised questions over the integrity of the department's investigations.

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