Sessions expects the OIG report, which should be released Thursday afternoon, to set the record straight when it comes to how the Justice Department operates.
He concluded, according to a copy of the report obtained by Bloomberg News, that Mr Comey damaged the law enforcement agencies' image of impartiality, even though he was not motivated by political bias.
The report has always been expected to criticize the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, stepping into a political minefield while examining how a nonpartisan law enforcement agency came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential race.
The report from the inspector general also criticizes Comey for not keeping his superiors at the Justice Department, including former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, properly informed about his handling of the investigation, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the report is not yet public. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker!
Lynch had announced that she would go along with whatever Comey recommended with regard to the Clinton case, although she didn't formally recuse herself. He also said the recent firing of former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the right move, following a separate report of his wrongdoing, which included allegations that he lied to officials.
Former FBI lawyer and aide Lisa Page wrote to ex-FBI investigator Peter Strozk a seemingly distressed message, according to Bloomberg News on Thursday.
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The report was welcomed both by Democrats, who thought Comey's reopening of Clinton's email server investigation just days before the election cost her the race, and by Republicans, who felt Clinton deserved criminal charges for using a private server to send emails related to her work as Secretary of State.
During the inspector general's probe, officials discovered anti-Trump text messages between an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer and an agent on the Clinton case who was later assigned to Mueller's team.
"What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey..."
The "We'll stop" text appears to relate more to the Russian Federation probe than the Hillary Clinton investigation, but it's curious that Horowitz included it here - and then concluded that political bias wasn't evident in this investigation.
Clinton has since said that Comey's letter contributed to her unexpected defeat by Trump. "Right?!" Page texted Strzok.
Over 17 months in the making, the report is expected to walk through a sequence of key events leading up to the 2016 election.
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