Inspector General report says Federal Bureau of Investigation agent called Martin O'Malley a 'douche'

Inspector General report says Federal Bureau of Investigation agent called Martin O'Malley a 'douche'

The long-awaited report faulted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its former director James Comey over the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe in 2016 - and concluded that two agents working under Comey showed a "willingness to take official action to impact" Trump's election chances.

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.

Democrats said it confirmed political bias did not influence the Clinton investigation, while Republicans seized on a newly disclosed text by an FBI agent in mid-2016 expressing his apparent intention to "stop" the Trump campaign.

Trump and his allies have used the texts as ammunition in their ongoing attacks on the special counsel, who is leading the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin as well as potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president. "The text was in response to one from Page in which she wrote, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? "We'll stop it", Mr Strzok responded. That investigation, now led by Mueller, is also looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. Both Strzok and Page worked on the Clinton probe.

Comey defended his actions in a piece published by the New York Times on Thursday, writing: "Nothing in the inspector general's report makes me think we did the wrong thing". I assume that he contemplated stopping Trump by leaking damaging (whether true or false) information gleaned from that investigation to the press. Later, he told other reporters that "Comey was the ring leader of this whole, you know, den of thieves".

Former FBI Director James Comey (left) testifies during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. "Unfortunately, over the past year, the DOJ has repeatedly fought requests by Congress to produce documents related to this investigation, and when the DOJ actually provided documents, the materials have been heavily redacted".

Mr Trump said that Mr Comey's replacement, Christopher A Wray, "will bring it proudly back!"

Texts between the two included their observations of the 2016 election and criticism of Trump.

"The inspector general's team went through the FBI's work with a microscope and found no evidence that bias or improper motivation affected the investigation", he said.

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