She did not formally recuse herself from the investigation after criticism arose over the encounter, but rather said she would accept the recommendations of career Justice Department staff and the FBI.
The report characterized the politically-charged text messages as "antithetical to the core values of the FBI", but investigators "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed".
The report sharply criticized Comey for violating Justice Department policies and accused him of usurping the authority of then Attorney General Loretta Lynch when in July 2016 he announced there would be no charges against Clinton for her email use as secretary of state.
Clinton and her supporters, on the other hand, have long complained that she was the one whose election chances were torpedoed by Comey's investigation announcements about her email practices, in the summer and then shortly before the election.
The story of the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's personal email server during the 2016 presidential election is back in the news today, and the layers of irony keep piling up.
One of the most damming pieces of evidence was a never before seen text message from embattled FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok to his paramour former FBI Attorney Lisa Page where he suggests that he will not allow Trump to become president.
The report says the watchdog "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence" that political bias directly affected parts of the probe, it says Page and Strzok's conduct "cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation". She told the inspector general she decided not to step aside because it might "create a misimpression" that she and the former president had discussed inappropriate things.
The report said Comey harmed the law enforcement agencies' image of impartiality, according to Bloomberg News, which obtained a copy of the report's conclusions. The servers at hand were not authorized for official government business, but Comey ultimately reasoned that a prosecutor would be out of line to press charges in the matter.
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz concluded that in the thousands of texts, Strzok and Page were critical of both candidates and "brought discredit to themselves and sowed doubt about the FBI " in its handling of the Clinton and then the Russian Federation investigations. In response, Strzok, who helped oversee the Clinton email investigation, wrote "No".
Comey made an appearance at the MSP Airport Thursday.
Two Republican-led House committees say their own monthslong probe into the now-closed FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails has so far shown "questionable decision-making" by the agency. The DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz released the 568-page report on Thursday.
The report also says Mr Comey occasionally used personal email for work, including forwarding drafts of messages and other unclassified items. Page questioned whether Trump would become president. "However, I have no faith that those under investigation are also able to provide an unbiased review and edit the IG's work".
"We identified numerous Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters", the report states. For instance, according to the IG report: "Mueller was appointed Special Counsel on May 17, 2017".