It is good to see James Comey slammed today. While nothing he did affects Trump's Russia case, Comey behaved horribly before the election, and while Trump fired him for the wrong reason, his conduct WAS reprehensible and he needed to be fired (he not only trashed the Clinton campaign but he hurt the FBI:
Comey's actions 'extraordinary and insubordinate,' report says
The Justice Department's internal watchdog found that former FBI Director James Comey's actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation were "extraordinary and insubordinate" and flouted the department's norms but that Comey was not motivated by political bias.The inspector general released a sweeping report Thursday detailing a series of failures by the top federal officials in charge of the investigation ahead of the election, concluding that the FBI's actions ultimately "cast a cloud" over the bureau and senior leaders did lasting damage to the FBI's reputation. "The damage caused by these employees' actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear (Clinton) investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence," the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz states. A key finding: Comey erred in his decision not to coordinate with his superiors at the Justice Department at critical moments. Horowitz said that Comey was "extraordinary and insubordinate," and did not agree with any of his reasons for deviating from "well-established Department policies." But Horowitz concluded that the prosecutorial decisions in the Clinton case were "consistent" with precedent and not affected by bias or other improper actions. The report is likely to reopen wounds left festering since the 2016 election and breathe new life into the debate over the extent to which Comey's actions secured Trump's victory...
The report was also harshly critical of FBI agent Peter Strzok, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.The report found that the Strzok and Page texts "cast a cloud" over the credibility of the investigation, although they found no evidence "that these political views directly affected the specific investigative decisions that we reviewed..."In addition to Strzok and Page, the report found text and instant messages from three other FBI employees "included statements of hostility toward then candidate Trump and statements of support for candidate Clinton." The inspector general criticized the agents' decisions to discuss their personal opinions on work devices, and interspersed with work conversations as examples of "extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism."
One of the FBI employees cited, who is not named, is an FBI attorney who later served on Mueller investigation. The inspector general said the attorney wrote messages "that discussed political issues," and that "most of these exchanges appeared to be jokes or attempts at humor, often involving Trump."The attorney left Mueller investigation and returned to the FBI in late February 2018, shortly after the inspector general provided Mueller with some of the messages that were found, the report says.