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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle slammed former FBI Director James Comey and other agency personnel on Thursday after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz...

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle slammed former FBI Director James Comey and other agency personnel on Thursday after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a long awaited report on the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential election.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina issued arguably the most vociferous statement of the day, saying that he was “alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI” and noted that the report showed “an alarming and destructive level of animus displayed by top officials at the FBI.”

Gowdy, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, added that “the treatment afforded to former Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton and other potential subjects and targets was starkly different from the FBI's investigation into Trump campaign officials.”

The Justice Department report, which was a stinging rebuke of the FBI for its handling of the Clinton email investigation, called Comey “insubordinate” and said his actions were “extraordinary.” The report, however, did not find that Comey’s actions were motivated by any political bias or preference.

The report made no recommendation of leveling any charges against Comey, but it gave both Democrats and Republicans plenty of ammunition to criticize him and the FBI.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois blamed Comey and others in the FBI for hindering Clinton’s presidential bid and, in turn, aiding the campaign of President Trump.

“This report makes clear that FBI Director Comey and FBI personnel failed to follow the rules, and in doing so, hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign and helped Donald Trump’s,” the Senate minority whip said in a statement. Read More...
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