Trump weighs in on report critical of Federal Bureau of Investigation, highlights a damaging finding

Trump weighs in on report critical of Federal Bureau of Investigation, highlights a damaging finding

President Donald Trump called a Justice Department watchdog's conclusion that there was no political bias in the outcome of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server "ridiculous" and said he was less likely to agree to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a result.

"It was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so", Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote in his report, "and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established department policies in a way intentionally created to avoid supervision by department leadership".

After leading the email investigation, Strzok became a top official on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

It also sharply rebuked FBI officials who traded politically charged, anti-Trump text messages even as the investigation into the campaign was under way.

"The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people", Trump tweeted Saturday morning, adding, "It will go down as a dark and unsafe period in American History!" One of them was about Strzok vowing to "stop" Trump from being elected just months before the presidential election.

Trump also alleged that Comey gave a clean chit to Hillary Clinton, his rival in the presidential election.

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"W$3 hat they did was incredible and a real insult to millions of people that voted in that election on both sides", Trump said.

"The President was briefed on the (inspector general's) report earlier today and it reaffirmed the President's suspicions about Comey's conduct and the political bias among some of the members of the FBI", Sanders said during Thursday's press briefing. It also doesn't say whether Trump tried to obstruct justice by firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Ms Page and Mr Strzok were romantically involved and used their work phones to engage in long-running text discussions of various work and personal topics, according to people familiar with the case. Doesn't get any lower than that! "I beat Bush dynasty, and now I guess hopefully I'm in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence", Trump said.

"The hatred of Donald Trump on the left and in the media in this country knows no bounds", he said, adding that fired FBI Director James Comey "went rogue". The two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents sent anti-Trump texts cheering then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and bashing Trump as an idiot, and they have been accused by Republicans of taking politically motivated action.

Horowitz' report was finished in April, but published on Thursday, after being sent for review and revision to the individuals named in it, including Comey. Even so, the OIG report said it could find no evidence directly tying the political views of these and other employees to investigative decisions being made.

The report found no "documentary or testimonial evidence" that the lovebirds' political bias had directly affected their work, but conceded that "the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation".

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