The release of the widely anticipated Inspector General’s Report has put to rest some long-standing questions and conspiratorial fodder surrounding the 2016 presidential election – while raising other questions.
The mammoth document, which confirmed that the FBI violated department precedent and guidelines in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation, drew resolute conclusions. While it lambasted former FBI chief James Comey, who admitted to making a “serious error of judgment” in publicly announcing the reopening of the Clinton probe days before the election, the report also revealed that he used a personal email account to conduct official government business.
The department’s watchdog went on to criticize former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for an airport meeting with former President Bill Clinton in 2016, while then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was under investigation for her private use of an email server. The report also called out the behavior of some FBI agents – including Peter Strzok, the former deputy head of counterintelligence – who were found to have exchanged a series of anti-Trump text messages. Particularly of interest, Strzok wrote that he would “stop” Trump from ascending to the presidency.