Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing

Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing

Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing

The Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, released a report last week that examined allegations of political bias within the F-B-I.

Democrats, on the other hand, can point to the Horowitz's findings that no decisions made by Justice Department while investigating Clinton's private email server "were affected by bias or other improper considerations", despite Trump's consistent accusations of a "deep state" conspiracy against him, and in favor of Clinton.

If the anti-Trump political beliefs of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, which are documented in text messages, did not influence their work, then why is Director Wray ordering all of his employees to undergo training, including, reports CNN, "instruction "on what went wrong so these mistakes will never be repeated"?

Republicans who control the committee and who have grown increasingly skeptical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's Republican presidential campaign said they weren't convinced by that conclusion, or by reassurances that the problems were limited to just a handful of employees.

For Republicans, among the more important tidbits in the report are exchanges of politically charged text messages between FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and his romantic partner, FBI Special Counsel to the Deputy Director Lisa Page. "We'll stop it", Strzok responded.

Senators in both parties also pressed Horowitz to provide details about additional investigations into FBI and the Justice Department actions taken during the 2016 election and into the Trump administration. While employees have a right to a political opinion, "their job is to check them at the door" Horowitz added.

With regards to Comey discussing not bringing charges against Clinton before his final assessment, Horowitz noted as a result of the report, the IG's team found that there is now no explicit policy about "not speaking on uncharged conduct when you don't charge any criminal activity". The FBI director also seemed to suggest the president's criticisms of the bureau would not affect its work. "The lead investigator clearly did not want to see Donald Trump elected President of the United States".

Trump has questioned McCabe's ability to be impartial in the FBI's Trump-Russia probe.

Horowitz said the "painstaking forensics examinations recovered thousands of text messages that would have been lost or otherwise undisclosed".

In his book released earlier this year, Comey said he shared one memo - about a February conversation with Trump in which he alleged the president asked him to let go an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - with a friend, Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman.

Republican Senators focused on the evidence - or lack thereof - of political bias on the part of FBI agents investigating Clinton. And though they conceded that political statements by the investigative team were inappropriate, they said Clinton's election loss provided proof to support Horowitz's conclusions.

"Nothing warrants attacks that we are seeing on the FBI, Justice Department or Robert Mueller's investigation", said Senator Diane Feinstein. "We will separately report on those investigations as they are concluded". "Mr. Horowitz found that the former F.B.I. director repeatedly crossed the line from arrogance to insubordination". While Democrats will categorize his report as nothing, Republicans must burrow in and get even more facts than the disturbing, even disgusting ones he has already uncovered. Instead, his FBI has stonewalled and obstructed multiple investigations into the very scandals highlighted by the IG.

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