DOJ watchdog concludes Comey defied authority; Loretta Lynch ‘rebuked’ over Hillary probe

An internal watchdog at the Department of Justice has revealed in a draft report that former FBI Director James Comey was “insubordinate” in his position.

A draft DOJ internal report concluded that the fired FBI chief had overstepped his authority at times in his position, with a source describing Comey as “insubordinate,” ABC News reported.

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The report also indicated that Inspector General Michael Horowitz had rebuked former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, the source told ABC News.


The release of Horowitz’s final report is expected in the coming days after several delays and ABC News’ sources were only reportedly able to address the completed portions of the findings. President Trump has complained about the “numerous delays” in releasing the report, tweeting about it as recently as Tuesday.

According to ABC News:

There is no indication the president has seen – or will see – a draft of the report before its release. Horowitz, however, could revise the draft report now that current and former officials mentioned in it have offered their responses to the inspector general’s conclusions, according to the sources.

Almost from the start, the long-awaited report was expected to chastise Comey for his handling of the Clinton-related probe. But in apparently describing Comey’s defiance of authority, the draft report was criticizing a man who prided himself on his leadership style at the FBI and has since dedicated his post-government life to promoting a new generation of effective leaders.


The report also indicated that Comey failed to follow protocols and consult with Lynch as well as other senior Justice Department officials before making a television announcement in July 2016 that the FBI would not be filing charges against Clinton.

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The report cited Lynch for her supposedly unplanned tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton in Arizona and her subsequent very unusual public announcement that she would accept the FBI’s recommendations in Clinton’s case.

Horowitz’s draft report has also criticized senior FBI officials, including fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, for taking weeks to analyze the findings on a laptop belonging to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who was married to top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin. McCabe was fired from the FBI in March.


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