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DOJ report makes no sense

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified June 19 before a House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform joint hearing on Oversight of the FBI and DOJ Actions in Advance of the 2016 Election.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified June 19 before a House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform joint hearing on Oversight of the FBI and DOJ Actions in Advance of the 2016 Election. Associated Press

The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s conclusions on how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigations are inconsistent at best and politically tainted at worst.

From the report: “.. in assessing Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop in October 2016, these text messages led us to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision was free from bias.”

From the FBI’s response: “...the FBI accepts that the decision to allow Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson to be present during the interview of former Secretary Clinton was inconsistent with typical investigative strategy and created an appearance that political bias could have influenced this decision ...”

Yet, the final conclusion states, “While we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed in Chapter Five, the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation and sowed doubt about the FBI’s work on, and its handling of, the Midyear investigation.”

When President Barack Obama stated in October 2015 that Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong, the message was sent.

Ray Davis

Lexington

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