On June 14, 2018, at 3 pm eastern time, the highly anticipated Inspector General’s report was released to the public. Titled “A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election”, a pdf file of the 500+ page report is currently available at this link.
Special “Queen for a Day” immunity agreements were allowed for three witnesses who were interrogated. Was Hillary Clinton, interviewed on July 2, 2016, one of these “Queen for a Day” people?
“During the course of the review, the OIG discovered text messages and instant messages between some FBI employees on the investigative team, conducted using FBI mobile devices and computers, that expressed statements of hostility toward then candidate Donald Trump and statements of support for then candidate [Hillary] Clinton.” These were people, in other words, engaged in the review of FBI and DOJ actions regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. This review was being called the “Midyear Exam” within FBI and DOJ.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from doing his own “Midyear Exam” on the subject because he had spoken twice with Russia’s ambassador to the US. This would have been Sergey Kislyak, who, when he walks down the sidewalk, everyone crosses the street to avoid coming in contact. Anyway, Sessions recused himself because he had spoken twice with Kislyak. But FBI employees on the investigative team who expressed statements of hostility towards Donald Trump and in support of Hillary Clinton somehow did not recuse themselves.
The “Midyear Exam” team did “not seek to obtain every device, including those of Clinton’s senior aides, or the contents of every email account through which a classified email may have traversed.” The team also “[c]onsidered but did not seek permission from the Department to review certain highly classified materials that may have included information potentially relevant to the Midyear investigation.”
Then FBI Director James Comey and the “Midyear team” had already concluded “there was likely no prosecutable case” even while the investigation of the Clinton emails was ongoing. It was decided not to have Ms. Clinton answer questions before a grand jury but instead to just be interviewed by the team.
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All quotes are from the Inspector General’s report.