Federal Bureau of Investigation boss Wray admits mistakes made, stands by his investigators

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A highly anticipated US Department of Justice report accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of being "insubordinate" but not biased, US media report.

"We found that Strzok was not the sole decisionmaker for any of the specific Midyear investigative decisions we examined", the executive summary says, referring to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of state.

Sessions said before the inspector general's latest report was released that "if anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so".

Horowitz said Comey should have sought approval from senior Justice Department officials before announcing in July 2016 that while Clinton's decision to keep a private email server at her home was "extremely careless", he did not recommend charges against her.

Also criticized was Comey's decision, against the recommendation of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails.

The Special Counsel is probing allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election, as well as accusations that Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow to affect the outcome of the vote. At least three former Trump officials - former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and former campaign aide Rick Gates - have pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their contacts with Russians.

Republican members of Congress said they wanted to read the report before commenting.

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The FBI, in a statement accompanying the report, accepted the conclusion that Comey broke from protocol and that errors in judgment by staff damaged the bureau's reputation.

Trump is certain to try to use the report to validate his firing of Comey previous year, an act that is central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice. Horowitz also found that McCabe rightly recused from a separate investigation into McAuliffe for his finances and possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. "In particular the report cited text messages between employees that included "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?

A key finding: Comey erred in his decision not to coordinate with his superiors at the Justice Department at key moments in the Clinton email investigation. Strzok was also involved in the Clinton email probe.

"First, the inspector general's team went through the F.B.I.'s work with a microscope and found no evidence that bias or improper motivation affected the investigation, which I know was done competently, honestly and independently", Comey wrote.

Wray said during a news conference, "It's also important to note what the inspector general did not find". Trump has repeatedly claimed that Comey's investigation into Clinton was "phony and dishonest", claims that have now been shot down by his own administration. Cortes countered by pointing out the newly-discovered texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, calling it proof of "absolute bias and corruption".

"In facts, 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".

"We believe that anything and everything relating to Mr. McCabe's recusals should be made public, and neither DOJ nor the OIG should do anything to hide any aspect of it", Bromwich said.

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