Who leaked portions of the IG report, and why?

Coverage of the leaked portions of the long delayed and much anticipated report from the inspector general of the Department of Justice has generally focused on how damaging it is to James Comey.  But I think the leakers had an entirely different agenda. ABC News, which received the leaks and broke the news, headlined, "DOJ watchdog finds James Comey defied authority as FBI director, sources say."  Certainly, this conclusion is not complimentary toward Comey, but it seems to me that this is one of the most congenial to Comey of all the possible revelations that could be coming and may actually work to soften the coming blows when the report is released. First of all, to whose authority was Comey insubordinate?  That would be Loretta Lynch and Sally Yates, both of whom may well be subject to criticism in the final report.  Neither woman is much admired by conservatives. Second, who was harmed by Comey's...(Read Full Post)