The Inspector General’s report is over 500 pages long, and the average American is likely not going to read any of it. So, Republicans and Democrats are going to have a field day, finding their favorite sentences. If they don’t find what they want, they will invent some things.
I won’t be commenting on the report right away. I like to wait until the dust settles.
But to give folks an inkling of what’s coming up from the pundits, here are my predictions:
Republicans: It is a scathing indictment of the FBI rife with political corruption, which did everything they could so Hillary Clinton could get elected.
Democrats: The report shows the FBI, for the most part, did a thorough and complete investigation. The disclosure of results should have been done differently.
A lot of the focus will be on Comey’s four announcements, which helped and hurt Clinton as follows: (1) Opening the investigation in mid 2015 (hurt Clinton), (2) Declaring she did nothing criminal in July 2016 (helped and hurt Clinton, because he added her handling of top secret documents was extremely sloppy) (3) Re-opening the investigation just before the election (hurt Clinton), (4) Closing the investigation on October 29, 2016 (helped Clinton).
Rob Rosenstein criticized Comey both for actions that hurt Clinton and helped her. He claimed that Comey had “usurped” the authority of DOJ when he said that no reasonable prosecutor would file criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. Rumors right now are that the IG report will reach similar conclusions. I personally think “usurp” is too strong, and didn’t take into account the massive campaign waged by Trump every day she was the target of an FBI investigation.
Best to wait for the report, and ignore the noise which is “full of sound and fury.” (thanks WS).