House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the IG report shows that James Comey’s actions helped Trump win.
Rep. Schiff said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
Today’s Office of the Inspector General report is an exhaustive review of the decisions made by the FBI and DOJ in the course of the Clinton email investigation. The IG found no evidence that former FBI Director James Comey and other FBI and DOJ officials acted on the basis of political bias or other improper considerations. Instead, their decisions were made on the basis of the facts and the law. Nothing in the IG’s report calls into question the legitimacy or conduct of the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation, or the importance of allowing the Special Counsel to complete his work without political interference. If anything, the report only highlights the impropriety of sharing information on pending investigations with Congress in a manner that is likely to be made public, an ongoing concern given Republican attempts to obtain information about the Russia investigation that can be utilized by the President’s lawyers and surrogates.
Although the Inspector General found no evidence that political bias affected decision-making in the Clinton email investigation, it nevertheless criticized many of the actions and judgments of former Director Comey and others. The consequence of these serious errors of judgment, however, is now clear: the actions of the FBI and DOJ in the run up to the 2016 election benefited Donald Trump’s candidacy and harmed that of Hillary Clinton. If anti-Trump bias had influenced the conduct of the FBI’s investigations, then Comey would have disclosed the Russia investigation and its details to the public and the Congress before the election. And, of course, by keeping the investigation into the Trump campaign secret while so publicly discussing the Clinton investigation and reopening it in the final days of the election, Comey’s poor exercise of judgment greatly inured to Trump’s benefit. Though he now criticizes Comey for his handling of the Clinton investigation, at the time, Trump praised Comey for reopening the Clinton email investigation precisely because Trump knew it helped his campaign.
Importantly, the IG confirms that it continues to investigate improper disclosure of non-public information by DOJ and FBI employees involved in the Clinton email investigation and plans to submit a separate report once these investigations are concluded. It will be vital that the IG thoroughly review whether these leaks informed public statements by Trump campaign surrogates, including Rudy Giuliani, who boasted of foreknowledge about DOJ and FBI actions in the weeks prior to election day.
There is no witch hunt, and Comey did helped Trump
Rep. Schiff nailed it. There was no political bias at the FBI or a witch hunt against Donald Trump. Comey’s actions didn’t hurt Trump. They helped him win, and the bigger problem coming down the pike for Trump is the investigation into if Rudy Giuliani was getting information from an FBI field office that helped the Trump campaign.
Schiff’s statement should have the White House running scared because in a matter of months he could be leading the House Russia investigation. The lies, excuses, and deceptions behind Trump’s attacks on the FBI and Justice Department are being blown up.
James Comey helped Trump win the election, which means that the Russia investigation is the only reason why Trump fired Comey.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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