Comey, the report found, deviated "clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms" in his unusually public and self-directed handling of the Clinton investigation during the 2016 campaign, which "negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice".
To the contrary, his report makes clear that Comey acted outside department norms in ways harmful to her.
Former FBI directors James Comey and Robert Mueller walk together outside the White House during Obama's presidency.Win McNamee/Getty Horowitz will also sharply criticize former FBI director James Comey as taking actions that were "insubordinate" while overseeing the Clinton investigation.
The report said Strzok's bias may have led to his prioritizing the investigation into the Trump campaign over the Clinton email investigation - and his lack of action in September and October 2016 when the FBI's office in NY found thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the husband of her top aide Huma Abedin.
Clinton blames Comey's later decision to reveal that he had reopened the email investigation days before the election for her stunning defeat.
"In particular the report cited text messages between employees that included "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?
Strzok texted back, "No". Comey came under fire for his unorthodox methods during the Clinton investigation including making a public announcement of his recommendation not to file charges, as well as his subsequent letter to Congress announcing the reopening of the probe soon before the 2016 election. Cortes countered by pointing out the newly-discovered texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, calling it proof of "absolute bias and corruption". Right?!" Strzok replied: "No.
Lynch - after a controversial private meeting with former President Bill Clinton - did not formally recuse herself from the case, but she had announced that she would go along with whatever Comey recommended. Despite this, Comey just had to say something to keep Republicans at bay, so he made up his "extremely careless" remark-something that was both inappropriate and lacked any legal foundation.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was "alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI" in the Clinton probe.
The inspector general concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who announced in the summer of 2016 that Clinton had been "extremely careless" with classified material but would not be charged with any crime, departed from normal Justice Department protocol numerous times.
John Podesta, who ran the Mrs Clinton campaign, said "the report demonstrates beyond doubt" that Mr Comey was unfair to Mrs Clinton by announcing developments of the email investigation during the campaign while not revealing the presence of the separate probe beginning in July 2016 into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
But Democrats argued that the report shows that Comey actually helped elect Trump. The IG report didn't find the agents' political bias to directly affect investigative actions. "The report does identify errors of judgment, violations of or even disregard for policy, and decisions that at the very least - with the benefit of hindsight - were not the best choices", Wray said.