The Justice Department inspector general’s report on the FBI shows anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton bias in the agency’s work, reports Jonathan Turley of The Hill. While James Comey’s own bias cannot be proven, he mishandled key information in very poor ways that hurt the integrity of the FBI. This shows that Trump was right to fire him when he did. Agents working on both investigations into Trump and Clinton showed a clear preference for the latter and dislike for the former. Peter Strzok and Lisa Page of the FBI were allowed to compromise key investigations, miscarrying justice. The agency and its leadership messed up immensely.
While the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed that James Comey mishandled the FBI investigation, this was due to other reasons than bias, writes Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times. Two FBI agents did share strongly anti-Trump messages, but the report was clear that it found no evidence of these ideals influencing the investigation itself. James Comey was insubordinate and broke with agency protocol, but his errors didn’t stem from a partisan place. Some Republicans have wrongly used the report to describe the FBI as biased against Trump, which isn’t true. The agents in question were rightly punished for their unprofessional behavior.