DOJ Report Blasts Comey. “..found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies,” 

By Todd Horwitz, Bubba Trading


The Justice Department’s inspector general on Thursday painted a harsh portrait of the F.B.I. during the 2016 presidential election, describing a destructive culture in which James B. Comey, the former director, was “insubordinate,” senior officials privately bashed Donald J. Trump and agents came to distrust prosecutors.

The 500-page report criticized Mr. Comey for breaking with longstanding policy and publicly discussing — in a news conference and a pair of letters in the middle of the campaign — an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in handling classified information. The report was a firm rebuke of those actions, which Mr. Comey has tried for months to defend.

Nevertheless, the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, did not challenge the conclusion that Mrs. Clinton should not be prosecuted. That investigation loomed over most of the presidential campaign, and Mr. Horowitz and his investigators uncovered no proof that political opinions at the F.B.I. influenced its outcome.

In his July 5 news conference, which was criticized at the time by former top Justice Department officials in both parties, Mr. Comey said the FBI was recommending no charges be filed against Mrs. Clinton. He also chastised the Democratic presidential candidate and her aides for being “extremely careless” in how they handled classified information.

“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,” the report said.

Mr. Comey didn’t tell Justice Department leaders he would be speaking about the case until just before he publicly announced his conclusions on national television. Mr. Comey’s secrecy was intended to make it “impractical for Department leadership to prevent him” from delivering his public assessment, the inspector general said.

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Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


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Todd Horwitz - Author of “Average Joe Options“. Todd began his trading career in 1980 at the CBOE. He was one of the original traders in the OEX & helped start the SPX. He is a member the CME where he trades S&P futures as well as foreign currencies & is a regular contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN, Fox & many other major news networks.