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The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.
One source told ABC News that the draft report explicitly used the word “insubordinate” to describe Comey’s behavior. Another source agreed with that characterization but could not confirm the use of the term.
In the draft report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz also rebuked former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, the sources said.
On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump complained of “numerous delays” in the release of Horowitz’s final report, which is expected to run several hundred pages long and be released in the coming days. The sources who spoke to ABC News were willing or able to address only a portion of the draft report’s complete findings.
The article goes on to state the following:
Almost from the start, the long-awaited report was expected to chastise Comey for his handling of the Clinton-related probe. But in apparently describing Comey’s defiance of authority, the draft report was criticizing a man who prided himself on his leadership style at the FBI and has since dedicated his post-government life to promoting a new generation of effective leaders.
The draft of Horowitz’s wide-ranging report specifically called out Comey for ignoring objections from the Justice Department when he disclosed in a letter to Congress just days before the 2016 presidential election that FBI agents had reopened the Clinton probe, according to sources. Clinton has said that letter doomed her campaign.
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Looks like Lying Jim Comey is in some hot water. The IG’s draft report says not only was he “insubordinate” but he exceeded his authority as the Director of the FBI. Will he try to seek immunity like McCabe? https://t.co/WYBjXbrHtl
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) June 6, 2018
BREAKING: DOJ internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, per sources familiar w/ a draft report on the matter. Draft report explicitly used word “insubordinate” to describe Comey’s behavior https://t.co/N5I8kzw5zY
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) June 6, 2018
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