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Watchdog to fault FBI's review of Clinton emails before election: report

A not-yet-public Justice Department inspector general report criticizes the FBI for not acting quickly enough to review Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton: Allegations against Cuomo 'raise serious questions,' deserve probe Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden MORE’s emails ahead of the 2016 election, according to The Associated Press.

Then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes from separate coasts amid pandemic MORE announced just weeks before Election Day that he was reopening the investigation into Clinton after emails were found on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). His wife, Huma Abedin, was a top Clinton aide.

Many Clinton supporters maintain that the announcement cost Clinton the election. Comey announced two days before the vote that the agency would not recommend criminal charges against her.

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The report, which will be released next month,  according to the AP, will fault Comey and other top FBI officials for not acting more quickly on reviewing the emails. Some officials reportedly knew weeks earlier about the emails, but delayed obtaining a warrant to investigate them.

The inspector general report on the Clinton emails, which is also expected to criticize the two FBI agents who exchanged anti-Trump text messages, is the result of an investigation launched in early 2017, according to the AP.

The news of the report comes a time when President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE is alleging that the FBI was actively working against his campaign in 2016.

The Justice Department announced Sunday that it has asked the inspector general to probe Trump’s claims. Trump is meeting Monday afternoon with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

- Updated at 2:51 p.m.