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 ClintonTrump to visit Georgia next week Former NY Rep. Claudia Tenney to face Anthony Brindisi in House rematch Powell takes on Trump over Confederate flag MORE’s emails ahead of the 2016 election, according to The Associated Press.

Then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed The Seila Law case: Liberty and political firing 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.


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 John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' 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 RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

- Updated at 2:51 p.m.