A bombshell new report from the Department of Justice examined the FBI's conduct during the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, and many of its key findings completely contradict President Donald Trump's narrative of a politically motivated bureau that is determined to bring him down.
But Horowitz said in the report to be issued on Thursday that "we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed".
But Democrats say the report shows that Comey's actions helped elect Trump, undercutting the president's accusations that Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials were biased against him.
In messages exchanged on November 9, 2016 and documented starting on page 417 of the report, FBI Attorney 2 and other FBI employees discuss their distress over the results of the presidential election and insult Trump supporters.
Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of NY said the report shows the FBI helped Trump get elected and that the agency should not have spoken publicly about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email.
The Justice Department's internal watchdog is releasing its much-anticipated report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. "No he won't. We'll stop it".More news: The Elder Scrolls: Legends Card Game Confirmed for Consoles
Two FBI officials who previously worked with the special counsel Robert Mueller once exchanged a text that said, "We'll stop" Donald Trump from becoming president, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Comey has said he was concerned that the Justice Department itself could not credibly announce the conclusion of its investigation, in part because Lynch had met earlier in the summer aboard her plane with former President Bill Clinton.
Both Page and Strzok were also involved in the FBI's investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and in July, 2016, Strzok was assigned to lead the Russia investigation, according to Horowitz.
Five officials were identified in the report, which had some connection to the email probe whose political bias was a "discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI's handling of the midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI".
Among the actions scrutinized is Comey's decision to publicly announce his recommendation against prosecuting Clinton, and his disclosure to Congress days before the election that the investigation was being revived because of newly discovered emails. Despite this, Comey just had to say something to keep Republicans at bay, so he made up his "extremely careless" remark-something that was both inappropriate and lacked any legal foundation.
The IG report also looked at counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and agent Lisa Page. "Right?!" Page reportedly said to Strzok. He acknowledged that before 2016 he never could have imagined making an announcement about an investigation - that such a task is usually left up to Justice Department leaders. "And nothing in the inspector general's report makes me think we did the wrong thing".