Schumer on IG Report: ‘Complaints About FBI, Jim Comey … Don’t Lead Anywhere’

By Jonathan Mizrahi | June 15, 2018 | 12:25pm EDT
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

( – Despite the disturbing findings in the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General Report on the FBI and its actions during the 2016 presidential election, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that complaining about it now does not “lead anywhere.”

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Schumer commented on the report, saying that “Donald Trump won that election, so the complaints about the FBI, Jim Comey, and all the rest don’t lead anywhere.”  

James Comey was the FBI director in 2016; he was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017.

Schumer continued, “At the end of the day, the actions reviewed in this report helped Donald Trump win the election, not the other way around.”

Comey was criticized in 2016 by both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s illicit use of a private computer server and private email for official State Department business, including her mishandling of classified documents.

Former FBI Director James Comey. (YouTube)

In its conclusions on Comey, the IG report says the then-FBI Director departed “so clearly and dramatically from FBI and Department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the Department as fair administrators of justice.”

“Moreover, these decisions [by Comey] usurped the authority of the Attorney General and upset the well-established separation between investigative and prosecutorial functions and the accountability principles that guide law enforcement decisions in the United States,” reads the report.

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