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Trump is certain to use the report's harsh assessment of FBI actions to try to validate his firing of Comey past year, an act central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice.

But the report does not find evidence Mr Comey was motivated by political bias or preference in his decisions. It will also criticize him for usurping the authority of the attorney general at the time, Loretta Lynch, by calling the impromptu July 2016 presser. She also failed to assert herself against Comey's decision to announce the end of the investigation in July, 2016, the report added.

The report found no evidence that Comey's decision to disclose, on October 27, 2016, that the FBI was reopening the Clinton e-mail investigation was "influenced by political preferences".

And while the watchdog says Comey didn't act in a biased way to impact the election - despite allegations by Clinton and her supporters that Comey was part of her hell-freezing-over-type loss to a reality TV show star - it did say that "our task was made significantly more hard because of text and instant messages exchanged on FBI devices and systems by five FBI employees involved in the Midyear investigation".

"In August 2016, Page texted Strzok asking: "[Trump] is not ever going to become president, right? "We'll stop it", he responded, according to the Post. "The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation". "We deployed more than 600 FBI folks from around the country in the recent investigation of the package bombs in Austin".

Comey told the nation, nevertheless, that Clinton was "extremely careless" in her "handling of very sensitive, highly classified information".

The investigation "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations", the inspector general wrote.

The Justice Department's inspector general put out his long-awaited report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

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The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the "damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the [Clinton e-mail] investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact-finding and political independence".

It wasn't only Comey that used a personal email account.

The Inspector General notes that the FBI had already prioritized the Russian Federation investigation - i.e. targeting Trump - over the Clinton investigation. I unleashed it with MYE [the Clinton email investigation].

In particular, the report is said to focus on two controversial decisions Comey made.

"We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel that we have uncovered during our review", the report says. Page questioned whether Trump would become president.

The IG report is set to be released to members of Congress on Thursday. The IG reported that Comey used a personal Gmail account to conduct official FBI business, misconduct almost identical to that which served as pretext for the Midyear investigation.

"In fact, all facts contained in the report lead to the conclusion that the delay was caused by a variety of factors and miscommunications that had nothing to do with Special Agent Strzok's political views", Goelman wrote in a statement obtained by Law&Crime. "The opinions to me that matter are the opinions of the people that are relevant to our work, day in and day out, all across this country", Wray said during a press conference. The pair, who were engaged in a romantic relationship for a period of time, have come under scrutiny by Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill given their brief stints on the special counsel's team.