The IG report was only released earlier today.
Comey ALREADY has a lengthy spin out to the New York Times.
Yeeeeah. That didn’t take him long.
The Department of Justice’s independent watchdog, the inspector general, has released a report that is critical of my decisions as F.B.I. director during the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email account. The report concludes that I was wrong to announce the F.B.I.’s completion of the investigation without coordinating with the attorney general and that I was wrong to inform Congress in late October that we had reopened the investigation.
In both situations, the inspector general’s team concludes, I should have adhered to established norms, which they see as mandating both deference to the attorney general on the public announcement and silence about an investigation so close to an election.
I do not agree with all of the inspector general’s conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism. All of our leaders need to understand that accountability and transparency are essential to the functioning of our democracy, even when it involves criticism. This is how the process is supposed to work.
This report is important for two reasons.
Which you can head here.
But um… does anyone think this is fishy?
Sean Spicer certainly does:
Interesting process point: within minutes of @TheJusticeDept #IGReport @Comey has lengthy defensive oped in @nytimes 1) clearly he knew he was going to be found at fault 2) NYT expedited publishing it to provide him a platform which no conservative would ever get
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) June 14, 2018
Is it ALSO possible that Comey knew EXACTLY what to say about the report, because he already knew EXACTLY what it was going to say?
It honestly wouldn’t surprise me.
At this point, nothing would.
I am so incredibly disheartened by the state of our government and justice institutions.