Following a frantic and breathless haranguing of the FBI for investigating President Donald Trump over Russian collusion in light of evidence that some agents did not want to see him elected, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisor attempted to settle down former Trump aide Steve Cortes for smearing the whole agency.
A long-serving law-enforcement official, Mr Comey became a controversial figure in the 2016 election, drawing accusations from both Republicans and Democrats that his handling of the investigation influenced the campaign.
We use the Hoover analogy advisedly, realizing that the problem in this case was not rampant illegal spying.
Trump is certain to use the report's harsh assessment of FBI actions to try to validate his firing of Comey previous year, an act central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice.
Comey was also criticized for not contacting Lynch or then Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates directly about sending a letter to Congress on October 28, 2016, regarding the decision to reopen the investigation because of newly-discovered emails.
In tweets, Trump has said Comey's investigation into Clinton was "phony and dishonest" and that Comey, who he fired on May 9, 2017, left the FBI's reputation in tatters.
The FBI and its former director James Comey have been criticised for their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation by the Justice Department's watchdog.
"As we warned before the election, Director Comey had a double-standard: he spoke publicly about the Clinton investigation while keeping secret from the American people the investigation of Donald Trump and Russian Federation", said top Judiciary Committee Democrat Jerrold Nadler of NY and top Oversight Committee Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland in a joint statement.
"I chose to speak and tell the truth", Mr Comey wrote. The FBI can not lawfully make that determination, even if the FBI Agent, in this case Comey, was previously a DOJ prosecutor. There are so many disgusting things to tell, the public has the right to know. "That's the nature of hard decisions; they don't allow for certainty".
Wray did not mention President Trump by name, but his comments were a blunt rebuke to the commander-in-chief and other GOP critics, who have slammed the feds' probe into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with Team Trump.
After an 18-month investigation into the FBI and DOJ's Hillary Clinton probe, the highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz is out. "We'll stop it", Strzok wrote in a text message, referring to Trump's presidential campaign.
'Cause there's a new shocking phrase in town and it's one that goes like this: Dear Lisa Page, don't worry, Trump won't be president, "we'll stop it".
"Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton's emails - including at least one email classified 'Secret, '" the memo says, adding that foreign actors also accessed the private accounts of some Clinton staffers...