President Donald Trump disputed findings by the Justice Department on Friday that former FBI Director James Comeys handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was not politically motivated, declaring that the FBI was biased at the top level and plotting against my election..
DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz noted in his final report that his investigators asked FBI agents assigned to the Clinton case - known as "MidYear" - why they did not seize the devices given they may have been used to store classified emails.
Trump says in a pair of tweets that now that he's back from his summit with North Korea, "the thought process must sadly go back to the Witch Hunt".
Most notably, Horowitz found that anti-Trump text messages between Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations". "No he's not. We'll stop it".
THE FACTS: At no point did the Justice Department inspector general's 500-page report address whether Trump or his associates cooperated with Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.
"The opinions I care the most about are the opinions of the people who actually really know us and know us through our work", he said.
Concerned about the "appearance that former President Clinton was influencing" the probe, Lynch began talking to her staff the next morning about possibly recusing herself from overseeing the investigation, the report says.
FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a news conference on the inspector general's report at FBI headquarters on June 14, 2018, in Washington.
Among the actions scrutinized is Comey's decision to publicly announce his recommendation against prosecuting Clinton, and his disclosure to Congress days before the election that the investigation was being revived because of newly discovered emails.
On the inspector general report that found no political bias in the FBIs final conclusions, he said, The end result was wrong. Politico reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., had started the process to subpoena Strzok, though Goelman said that the lawmaker had done so without having asked whether Strzok might appear voluntarily.
The FBI director also said he has tapped the bureau's associate deputy director "to lead a review of how the FBI handles sensitive investigations".
"As we warned before the election, Director Comey had a double-standard: he spoke publicly about the Clinton investigation while keeping secret from the American people the investigation of Donald Trump and Russian Federation", said Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerry Nadler of NY and Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
With voters set to decide the likelihood of an impeachment case, Trump's goal is to convince them that Mueller, his investigators, and potential witnesses all have "tremendous animosity" against him.
For example, two FBI officials, special agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, were under intense scrutiny after their text messages were collected during the inspector general investigation and later released to Congress and the public. And its existence was a dominate thread of the 2016 presidential campaign.
President Trump loves to tweet to speak his mind to the public. "The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that".
The FBI official who texted "we'll stop" Trump's election was dropped from Mueller's team.
A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House. Giuliani also predicted that Strzok would be in jail in the coming days.
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