The IG report reveals no conspiracy, but missteps that perhaps swayed history

Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

But the report does not find evidence Mr Comey was motivated by political bias or preference in his decisions. The inspector general also concluded that the decisions made on how to conduct the Clinton investigation were reasonable.

Horowitz is also expected to provide a frank assessment of how former FBI Director James Comey ignored longstanding departmental norms at key moments in the Clinton probe.

But the Justice Department's long-awaited report found no evidence of political bias in the ultimate decision not to prosecute Clinton for mishandling official email, in a probe that shook the election's dynamics and may have influenced the Democrat's defeat.

"We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally created to avoid supervision by department leadership over his actions", the report says.

Wray did not mention President Trump by name, but his comments were a blunt rebuke to the commander-in-chief and other GOP critics, who have slammed the feds' probe into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with Team Trump.

Comey already has been criticized for waiting a month to act during the 2016 presidential election campaign after thousands of emails were discovered on Weiner's laptop that appeared to be relevant to the Clinton investigation.

The agent who worked on the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation told his colleague and lover that the agency would work to "stop" Donald Trump from becoming president.

The second major wave from Comey was the revelation that evidence from an ongoing probe of Anthony Weiner, a disgraced former congressman from NY who resigned from office in 2011 after sending pictures of himself nearly entirely naked to teenagers, had caused him to reopen the investigation into Clinton's potential foul play.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation continues to move closer towards the President's inner-circle.

Comey's news conference in the summer of 2016 disclosing the investigation's conclusion was unusual since charging announcements are normally made by the Justice Department, not the FBI. "The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation".

Wray conceded that, while the report highlighted some shortcomings at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, changes in policy and practice are already underway. When Horowitz announced the review in January 2017, he said it would address accusations that Peter Kadzik, the former head of legislative affairs at DOJ, gave "non-public information" to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, after reports on stolen emails from WikiLeaks revealed Kadzik sent a "heads up" about a congressional hearing where another Justice official was likely to be questioned about Clinton's email use.

The inspector general says he did not follow regulations. Cases that end without charges are rarely discussed publicly.

The watchdog was referring to Comey's first major flub in July, when he announced there wouldn't be any prosecution of Clinton - which the OIG says is a statement he didn't even have the authority to make.

"What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey".

Lynch rebuffed calls for her recusal from the investigation, choosing instead to assert that she would accept the recommendation of career prosecutors.

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