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Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

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A highly anticipated report accuses ex-FBI of being "insubordinate" but not biased, US media report.

General found broke "dramatically from FBI and department norms" in handling a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails, reported.

The 500-page report examines actions by top FBI and officials before the 2016 election.

The general's report will be released in full later during the day.

The report found while Comey's actions were not the result of political bias, "by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice", according to News.

In announcing the review in January 2017, Horowitz said that there was overwhelming demand from lawmakers, members of the public, and "various organisations" to investigate claims of unprofessional behaviour on the part of the and FBI employees.

US is among the most vocal critics of the FBI, repeatedly accusing several employees of being biased against him.

The report focuses on Comey's decision in July 2016, then FBI director, to hold a news conference announcing that would not be criminally charged for using a for classified information during her time as US

Eleven days before the presidential election, Mr announced that the bureau was investigating new emails related to the Clinton email probe.

Mrs Clinton and her aides have blamed Mr Comey for her election loss to Mr Trump while pointed out he that remained silent at the time about an investigation into possible collusion between and the Trump campaign.

Mr Trump's decision to fire Mr Comey in May 2017 led the to appoint ex-FBI to open a investigation into the investigation.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with the Kremlin, calling investigation a "witch hunt".

The report criticises Mr Comey and other senior officials for decisions made in the lead-up to the US election in 2016.

The general found "a troubling lack of any direct, substantive communication" between Mr Comey and former

But the report also touched on text messages exchanged between two FBI officials who worked on Mueller's investigation.

Republicans have seized on exchanges between Peter Strzok, a senior counter-intelligence agent, and Lisa Page, an FBI who also temporarily worked on the Mueller investigation and with whom Mr Strzok was having an extramarital affair, to argue that the agency was biased against Mr Trump.

When Ms Page asked if Mr Trump would become president, Mr Strzok responded: ""No. No he won't. We'll stop it," according to a copy of the report, obtained by

On Thursday, the took to to deny that there was any collusion and to call the allegations "phony" and "a pile of garbage".

Mr Trump has also criticised Mr Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

"After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness," Mr Trump tweeted in December.



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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 00:26 IST