Right wing media and Trump have a lot riding on the IG Report today. They are hoping that it will expose the Deep State and the bias in the Mueller investigation. Fat chance.
The IG Report basically says that Comey screwed up by having press conferences about the Clinton emails so close to the election. Ya THINK?!? That said, Trump will try to make “unfairness to Hillary” the reason he fired Comey (NOT obstruction), which doesn’t pass the laugh test. pic.twitter.com/giWPm8s87R
— кєη αѕнƒσя∂ (@KenAshford) June 14, 2018
Bloomburg has an advance (leaked?) copy and although it basically concludes that above: that Comey screwed up by having press conferences about the Clinton emails so close to the election.
More to come… this will be updated throughout the day.
1:30 pm — Report expected at 3 pm but some of it has leaked. NY Times headline is:
Much gaslighting will be coming out from Fox and Trump about what the report says, but it CLEARLY says “no political bias” — just bad behavior.
UPDATE — Full report is too big to embed, but you can download by clicking here
Here is the executive summary:
3:15 pm — these hot takes are interesting:
The IG strongly suggests that one reason Comey disclosed the “new” Hillary emails may have been that he feared they’d be leaked.
And the IG is sharply critical of the decision to disclose the emails, calling it a departure from practice and even a “serious error in judgment”: pic.twitter.com/t81e0XDl22
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 14, 2018
Leaks to Giuliani from the New York field office impacted Comey’s decision intervene in the election pic.twitter.com/w9umXdUEy2
— Max Bergmann (@maxbergmann) June 14, 2018
IG found that on numerous occasions, COMEY used a personal GMail account to conduct official FBI business, according to source briefed on the report.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 14, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Info on Illegal Pro-Trump FBI Leaks in October 2016 Will Get Their Own Additional IG Release https://t.co/hhrYO1oHvg
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 14, 2018
Comey seems okay with the report:
I respect the DOJ IG office, which is why I urged them to do this review. The conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some. People of good faith can see an unprecedented situation differently. I pray no Director faces it again. Thanks to IG’s people for hard work.
— James Comey (@Comey) June 14, 2018
And this is a VERY important point which Fox et al overlook on a daily basis:
If Strzok was so politically biased, why did he advocate for use of stronger measures in the Clinton investigation? And why didn’t he advocate telling the world about the Trump investigation?
And finally, the gaslighting begins:
Sanders is just trying to straight-up gaslight people about the IG report, keeps insisting is says the opposite of what it says. pic.twitter.com/gq3ZHP6KZa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2018