Chaffetz: 'Explosive' IG Report Adds to James Comey's 'Legal Problems'
Details are now coming out on the Justice Department inspector general's report faulting former FBI Director James Comey for going beyond his authority in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
According to Bloomberg, Michael Horowitz's report states that Comey "deviated" from FBI and Justice Department procedures when he spoke out publicly in July 2016 on his recommendation that Clinton, then the Democratic presidential nominee, should not face charges.
"While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice," the report states.
The full report is expected to be released publicly Thursday afternoon. It is expected to also focus on Comey's decision to announce that the email probe was being reopened just days before the 2016 election.
Reacting on "America's Newsroom," former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called the findings "explosive," emphasizing that "foreign actors" were able to penetrate Clinton's private email server, which housed classified information.
"James Comey's legal problems continue to grow," said Chaffetz, arguing Comey divulged classified information just like Clinton did when he leaked his memos on his conversations with President Trump.
He said the report will lay out the "pathway" that led to Comey's decisions, but will not challenge his prosecutorial discretion in terms of giving immunity to witnesses or not prosecuting Clinton.
Meantime, new text messages between two romantically-involved FBI agents were released in Horowitz's report. Agent Peter Strzok, who has since been reassigned, texted then-FBI attorney Lisa Page in August 2016 that "we’ll stop" Donald Trump from becoming president.
Watch the full report above.