The 5 key takeaways from the Justice Department IG report

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Horowitz concluded in his report that while mistakes were made, there was no bias in the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump and Russian Federation was effectively on trial Monday at the first congressional hearing into the Justice Department watchdog report that faulted key decisions in the FBI's handling of the 2016 Hillary Clinton email investigation. What you would have us believe is that somehow they waited until the president got elected, and then they would go after him. The inspector general brought those texts to Mueller's attention.

The report also contained a text exchange between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two Federal Bureau of Investigation staff members in a relationship who exchanged politically charged messages leading up to the election.

The inspector general's report says Comey, who announced in the summer of 2016 that Clinton would not be charged with any crime in the email probe, was insubordinate and departed from normal protocol numerous times.

Nevertheless, the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, did not challenge the conclusion that Clinton should not be prosecuted.

The Justice Department's handling of the investigation into Clinton was attacked by Democrats and Republicans alike.

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In October 2016, less than two weeks before the election, Comey sent members of Congress a letter disclosing that a probe into Clinton's emails was being reopened after new emails were discovered, a disclosure Clinton contends contributed to her surprise defeat by Trump. "It will go down as a dark and risky period in American history".

The reaction from Trump's sycophants in conservative media is unsurprising, considering that they preemptively laid the groundwork to discredit the IG's report.

"One more thing: She might be our next president", Page said in a February 24, 2016, text to Strzok.

Trump has reportedly wanted to fire Mueller on multiple occassions, but has been persuaded not to by advisors.

In fact, Trump had praised Comey's move to investigate Clinton at the time. I did a great service to the people in firing him. He specifically retweeted the conversation in which Page asks if Trump will ever become president, and Strzok replies "No, no he won't".

Along with calling for an end to the investigation, Giuliani said that Friday was the last chance for Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "redeem themselves".

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