Jeff Sessions defends firing Comey ahead of Clinton email report

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A portion of Michael Horowitz's report contains the apparent discovery of a text message in which Peter Strzok tried to assure Lisa Page that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

Washington Post obtained excerpts of the review in which Justice Department's inspector general is expected to critique James Comey's actions while he headed the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal.

Strzok even had a significant role in reopening the Clinton investigation just weeks before the 2016 election- he co-wrote the first draft of former FBI director James Comey's letter to Congress announcing he was reopening the investigation. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, and ex-deputy director Andrew McCabe will all be given a thorough review for their conduct during the 2016 election.

Sessions also made clear that he is open to firing more employees if the Justice Department inspector general's report warrants it.

"The recommendations we made on the dismissal of Comey resulted from his handling of certain cases that were laid out in his (Rosenstein's) recommendation to me or his analysis to me and my recommendation to President Trump", Sessions said.

Again, Clinton aides, Democrats and former Justice Department officials from both parties criticized Comey, saying he should not have publicly discussed an investigative action especially before he knew whether the emails were significant.


A key finding: Comey erred in his decision not to coordinate with his superiors at the Justice Department at key moments in the Clinton email investigation, according to the sources.

Comey told the nation, nevertheless, that Clinton was "extremely careless" in her "handling of very sensitive, highly classified information".

That's according to a person familiar with the report's conclusions who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. "Right?!" Page texted Strzok in August 2016.

"Although we have not yet seen the inspector general's report, there is no reason - no reason - to believe that it will provide any basis to call the special counsel's work into question", Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. That development unfolded as Trump's own campaign - unbeknownst at the time to the American public - also came under FBI investigation for possible coordination with Russian Federation. Comey informed Congress of the emails October 28, 2016.

Trump has expressed great interest in the inspector general's report, as well as some skepticism it might not be as damning as he hoped.

The IG's report is expected to be over 500 pages.

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