'This Is Appalling': Sen. Hatch Rips Actions Noted in IG Report, Slams FBI Boss' Response
Senate Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) ripped the findings of Inspector General Michael Horowitz' report on DOJ and FBI actions in the Hillary Clinton email probe as "appalling."
Reading from the report, Hatch said subjects therein were described as having "errors of judgment, serious errors of judgment, extremely poor judgment and lack of professionalism."
Hatch said those statements allegedly described any one of several individuals, including fired FBI Director Jim Comey, FBI Agent Peter Strzok and fired Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe.
"In my opinion, this is appalling," Hatch said. "The significance of these findings cannot be overstated. [There were] missteps at every level of the Department of Justice."
Hatch told FBI Director Chris Wray he is "disappointed" with the former Chris Christie attorney's public response to the IG report, that it was a "small number" of FBI staff who were implicated in the report.
"These were not junior field agents," Hatch said. "Let's not pretend this was some one-off problem."
Wray said he did not intend to "downplay" the severity of the findings in the report.
In his report, IG Michael Horowitz said he found no evidence Comey showed bias in the Clinton investigation.