"This report confirms what we have known for a long time - that the FBI inappropriately applied a double standard to the Clinton and Trump investigations which hurt her and helped elect him", Podesta told Reuters.
"We found no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations, rather we concluded that they were based on the prosecutors' assessment of facts, the law and past department practice", the report said, according the people.
The report takes issue with Comey's breaks from department policy in the public announcements he made in July and October 2016 about the Clinton investigation.
Comey called a press conference, without consulting his superiors, at the end of his investigation to announce that no charges would be brought against Clinton, but he included many sharp criticisms of her conduct. Comey informed Congress of the new evidence just days before the election.
During the campaign, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani-a Trump backer who once served as a U.S. attorney in Manhattan-claimed that he was in touch with current FBI employees who informed him that many agents were unhappy that Comey had announced the bureau would not recommend indicting Clinton.
Giuliani, who appeared on Fox News' "Hannity," said the U.S. Department of Justice should dismiss all those in the "phony Trump investigation" and bring in FBI agents from the NY office to probe former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Lisa Page and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok.
The officials who exchanged the text, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, have become lightning rods in the tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats over the legitimacy of the Russian Federation investigation.
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Two FBI officials who previously worked with the special counsel Robert Mueller once exchanged a text that said, "We'll stop" Donald Trump from becoming president, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the "damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the [Clinton e-mail] investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact-finding and political independence".
"The report also resoundingly demonstrates that there was no prosecutable case against Mrs Clinton, as we had concluded", Comey wrote. I unleashed it with MYE [the Clinton email investigation].
"Although we acknowledge that Comey faced a hard situation with unattractive choices, in proceeding as he did, we concluded that Comey made a serious error of judgment", the internal report said of one key moment in the Clinton probe. Mueller moved swiftly to remove Strzok from the inquiry when the text messages were revealed and Page is no longer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Obama FBI under Comey appears to have had an institutional habit of developing cozy relationships with media reporters.
However, Judicial Watch says that at least 18 emails containing classified information were found on Weiner's laptop that had been forwarded from his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
"Nothing in this report lays a glove on Mueller" or his investigation, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker!
Bill Clinton, who was also interviewed in the IG investigation, said he had "absolutely not" discussed the email probe. For instance, according to the IG report: "Mueller was appointed Special Counsel on May 17, 2017".