June 18 (UPI) — Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray were set to testify before the Senate judiciary committee Monday about last week’s report on former FBI Director James Comey.
The hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT at the Capitol.
Horowitz’s team released a more than 500-page report Thursday, saying Comey broke from usual procedures in his handling of an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. The report concluded that despite mistakes, Comey’s actions weren’t politically motivated.
The IG investigation also included non-Clinton-related moves within the Justice Department in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, including decisions by Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The report also took issue with text messages between two FBI officials who would go on to work on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The messages were exchanged prior to the formation of Mueller’s team and the election.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” FBI lawyer Lisa Page texted investigator Peter Strzok in August 2016.
Strzok also worked on the Clinton probe.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
The exchange likely will pique the interest of Trump, who has slammed the Clinton probe for being rigged in her favor. Trump cited a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe when he fired the FBI director in May 2017.