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Basically we're just waiting to hear what all of us already know.

Stage set for bombshell IG report on Clinton email case: Who's in the crosshairs?

A slew of FBI and DOJ officials could face a reckoning when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday releases a long-awaited report detailing his review of the Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential race.

“I think it's going to put a lot of the missing pieces in this giant puzzle together,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., predicted Wednesday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

For more than a year, Horowitz has been reviewing the FBI and DOJ’s actions related to its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The report is not expected to address the DOJ and FBI’s actions taken in the Trump-Russia investigation, or relitigate the Clinton case itself. But it will mark the most definitive accounting of the email probe to date, looking at -- among other things -- whether “certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”

Among the top Justice Department and FBI officials expected to face scrutiny in Horowitz’s report: former FBI Director James Comey, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and FBI official Peter Strzok.

James Comey

Horowitz’s investigation has looked at whether it was improper for Comey to make a public announcement about not recommending prosecution over the Clinton email arrangement. He memorably faulted Clinton and her associates for being “extremely careless” with classified information.

A draft version of the report called Comey "insubordinate," calling him out for making that statement as well as notifying Congress the probe was being reopened days before the election, according to ABC News.

Comey, in his newly released memoir, also admitted drafting a statement exonerating Clinton months before federal investigators interviewed the former secretary of state as part of the email probe.

Comey has used his book to defend the move, describing it as a routine step that any competent investigator might take. “Any investigator or prosecutor who doesn’t have a sense, after nearly a year of investigation, where their case is likely headed, is incompetent,” Comey wrote in his book.

Republicans have raised questions about the draft statement essentially clearing Clinton in the email case. It was written before investigators interviewed Clinton and other key figures. It's unclear whether Horowitz's report will take issue with that statement.

Comey has also faced questions about why the FBI waited weeks to act after the 2016 discovery of thousands of emails on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop that potentially were relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Weiner emails jolted the 2016 presidential race after Comey told Congress just days before the election that FBI agents had found more of Clinton’s messages. The IG review reportedly will hit FBI leaders for moving too slowly after the messages were found.

Loretta Lynch

Horowitz is likely to scrutinize then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous meeting on an Arizona tarmac with former President Bill Clinton just days before the FBI decided it would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.

Lynch has claimed she and Clinton spoke of only “innocuous things” during their controversial meeting on a tarmac in Arizona, calling it a “chance encounter.”

But the tarmac meeting fueled Republican complaints that Lynch had met with the husband of an investigation subject improperly, just days before the probe into her personal email server was completed with no charges filed.

Comey has publicly taken issue with the meeting, saying the tarmac meeting was a “deciding factor” in his decision to act alone to update the public on the status of the Clinton probe.

Andrew McCabe

Horowitz’s review has already put McCabe in legal jeopardy. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog sent a criminal referral for McCabe in April to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington after Horowitz’s finding that McCabe leaked a self-serving story to the press and later lied about it to Comey and federal investigators. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him in March.

A portion of that report on McCabe was previously released to Congress, but more information involving the former deputy director is likely in Horowitz’s report.

Horowitz also is reviewing whether McCabe should have recused himself from the probe early because of his family’s ties to the Democratic Party. (He did not do so until a week before the election.) And he could face scrutiny over the delay in reviewing messages on Weiner's laptop. McCabe knew as early as September 2016 of the emails, but the bureau did not obtain a warrant to review them until the following month.

This week, lawyers representing McCabe filed a suit against the Justice Department and FBI on Tuesday, alleging that they wouldn't give up files connected to his ouster.

Peter Strzok

The inspector general’s review months ago uncovered a trove of anti-Trump texts from FBI official Peter Strzok, who famously called Trump an “idiot” and texted about an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency.

Strzok was reassigned to the FBI's human resources division following revelations that he was romantically involved with FBI employee Lisa Page and exchanged the politically charged texts. Page has since left the bureau.

Strzok, a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, also was involved in changing Comey’s early draft language about Clinton’s actions regarding her private email server from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”

Republicans are expected to seize on the report’s findings and argue the existence of an anti-Trump bias.

“I think it's most important that the American people see this report because I think it's going to shed light on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation mishandled this whole investigation with regard to former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton,” Goodlatte said.
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Still sniffing around Hillary's drawers, I see.

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"There's nothing to see here!! It's a big nothingburger!!! Let's go back to talking about Russia!!!!"

---every Mainstream Media pundit's pre-written notes on the unseen IG report due out tomorrow...
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"There's nothing to see here!! It's a big nothingburger!!! Let's go back to talking about Russia!!!!"

---every Mainstream Media pundit's pre-written notes on the unseen IG report due out tomorrow...
yeah seeing as how it was dragged out over obama's term to taint her for further office and there really was nothing found.
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yeah seeing as how it was dragged out over obama's term to taint her for further office and there really was nothing found.
If you don't mind, I will wait to see what is in the IG report thank you.
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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,” Horowitz's report conclusions reads, according to Bloomberg.

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Another conspiracy theory destroyed in the blink of an eye, buried along side Pizzagate, Spygate, millions of illegal votes, Microwave Oven surveillance, etc.

Gonna be running out of room in the graveyard soon.
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Another conspiracy theory destroyed in the blink of an eye, buried along side Pizzagate, Spygate, millions of illegal votes, Microwave Oven surveillance, etc.

Gonna be running out of room in the graveyard soon.
Comey - "Hillary did everything wrong, broke the law, shown unethical behavior, but no one should do anything to hold her accountable."

IG Report - "Comey did everything wrong, broke the law, shown unethical behavior, but no one we should do anything to hold him accountable."
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Still sniffing around Hillary's drawers, I see.


That is disgusting! Now I have to go smell some dog shlt in my back yard to get that image out of my head!
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Shocker!

Not.

'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show

“Foreign actors” obtained access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails -- including at least one email classified as “secret” -- according to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email.

Fox News obtained the memo prepared by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, which lays out key interim findings ahead of next week’s hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The IG, separately, is expected to release his highly anticipated report on the Clinton email case later Thursday.

The House committees, which conducted a joint probe into decisions made by the DOJ in 2016 and 2017, addressed a range of issues in their memo including Clinton's email security.


“Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails -- including at least one email classified 'Secret,'" the memo says, adding that foreign actors also accessed the private accounts of some Clinton staffers.


The memo does not say who the foreign actors are, or what material was obtained, but it notes that secret information is defined as information that, if disclosed, could “reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.”

The committees say that no one appears to have been held accountable either criminally or administratively.

Relatedly, Fox News has obtained a May 2016 email from FBI investigator Peter Strzok -- who also is criticized in the House memo for his anti-Trump texts with colleague Lisa Page. The email says that "we know foreign actors obtained access" to some Clinton emails, including at least one "secret" message "via compromises of the private email accounts" of Clinton staffers.

The question of whether foreign actors penetrated the Clinton email system has been a significant one ever since the private server was revealed. Then-FBI Director James Comey, in his July 2016 statement on the Clinton case, did not go as far as Strzok in his assessment of that possibility. At the time, he said only that, “We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account.”

Fox News also reported in March that Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Clinton’s server that suggested a possible breach, but there was no significant follow up, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

Clinton’s use of a private email server when she served as the nation’s top diplomat became a central issue of the 2016 campaign. After a lengthy investigation, Comey controversially announced in July 2016 that the agency would not recommend charges, but said that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information.

He then announced he would revisit the probe just days before the election after the discovery of new emails, a move that the Clinton camp has blamed for her loss to President Trump.

Horowitz was due to release his long-awaited report into the FBI and DOJ’s actions on Thursday afternoon.

In the House memo, lawmakers questioned whether the DOJ and FBI properly analyzed and interpreted the law surrounding mishandling of classified information.

“Officials from both agencies have created a perception they misinterpreted the Espionage Act by stating Secretary Clinton lacked the requisite 'intent' for charges to be filed,” the memo says, before pointing to statements by Comey that indicated a belief that intent was required -- which the memo says ignored “meaningful aspects” of the law.

The committees’ memo also says it appears the outcome of the investigation was "predetermined" in May, two months before Comey’s press conference and before multiple interviews had taken place.

It also accuses Comey of getting ahead of the DOJ on the final decision on whether to prosecute Clinton.

“Mr. Comey, as the FBI Director, was the chief investigator, not the prosecutor. It was not up to him to determine what a ‘reasonable prosecutor’ would do with the evidence the FBI had collected,” the memo says.

Fox News' Pamela K. Browne and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.
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Comey - "Hillary did everything wrong, broke the law, shown unethical behavior, but no one should do anything to hold her accountable."

IG Report - "Comey did everything wrong, broke the law, shown unethical behavior, but no one we should do anything to hold him accountable."
This is exactly my sentiment. As I said in another thread this is exactly what I expected, a soft condemnation more concerned with the reputation of the FBI than anything to do with something to do with justice. Nobody involved will be held accountable for anything that occurred from Hilary outwards. Like so many situations before this (Lois Lerner, Fast & Furious, Benghazi) those involved might have done something wrong but they all get a pass. Well except that guy that made that video that started the Benghazi riot in the first place.
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