The Russia Investigations: What The Justice IG Report Revealed

The Russia Investigations: What The Justice IG Report Revealed

President Trump on Saturday said that the Department of Justice inspector general report on the Hillary Clinton email probe "totally destroys" former FBI Director James Comey - and describes a "dark and risky period" in US history. It did not find evidence that those views seeped into the investigation.

In interviews included in the report, both Strozk and Page acknowledged that some of their texts could be read as showing their bias against Trump, both during the early stages of the collusion investigation and after Trump assumed office in January 2017.

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors' assessment of the facts, the law and past department practice", the inspector general found.

But in October 2016, less than two weeks before Election Day, Comey sent members of Congress a letter disclosing that the probe was being reopened after new emails were found on the computer of the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Trump said he did not have plans to suspend the Mueller investigation, and he repeated his contention that the inquiry was being conducted by people with conflicts of interest.

Trumps comments followed the IGs 500-page report that said Comey was “insubordinate” in his handling of the Clinton investigation because he broke agency protocol. It also concluded that Comey's actions were not motivated by political bias.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said he was "deeply troubled" by these missives, including one text exchange in which a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation official asks: Trump's "not ever going to become president, right?"

In an interview with "Fox & Friends" Friday, he went a step further and described Comey as the "ringleader of this whole den of thieves".

"But my emails", she said, reacting in a three-word tweet. Mueller and his team continue to oversee the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed. Most notably, Horowitz wrote that Strzok forwarded an email to his personal account regarding a proposed search warrant for former Congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop computer.

First, President Trump tweeted, that his voters are "the smartest, strongest, most hard working and most loyal that we have seen in our countries (sic) history".

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

More importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me. It underscores efforts by FBI and Justice Department leaders to juggle developments in the Clinton investigation - she had used private email for government business while secretary of state - with a separate probe that was then unknown to the American public into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

But he was removed from the post in July 2017 after thousands of emails and text messages became public, including one in which he promised "we'll stop him" if Trump won.

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