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President Trump Says IG Report ‘Totally Destroys’ Former FBI Director James Comey

President Trump Says IG Report ‘Totally Destroys’ Former FBI Director James Comey

The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that, and I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited, he said.

The Director's pledge comes hours after the IG report revealed new text messages between DOJ employees, with one vowing to "stop" Donald Trump from winning the presidency.

"There are a lot of things in this report that not only worry those of us in the administration, but should worry a lot of Americans that people played this political bias and injected that into a department that shouldn't have any of that", she said. Apparently, those officials now include Comey. The White House initially said Trump fired Comey over his handling of the Clinton investigation, though the president himself later muddied that explanation when he said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing".

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump called the report "a total disaster" for Comey.

"I have never accused him of being a partisan".

Trump distanced himself from his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose bail was revoked by a federal judge on Friday.

The Justice Department has issued a stinging rebuke to the FBI for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The report gave Mr Trump fresh ammunition for continued attacks on Mr Comey and for his defence that Mr Comey's firing in May 2017 - an act now central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice - was wholly justified.

The report took Comey to task for publicly announcing in July 2016 that Clinton would not face charges, even as he accused her of mishandling classified information.

"And we accept its findings and recommendations".

The report notes that Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok texted Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page "we'll stop" Trump from becoming president.

The almost 500-page report released Thursday was especially harsh on senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who exchanged a trove of text messages with an Federal Bureau of Investigation colleague in the months before the presidential election.

It did not find evidence that those views seeped into the investigation.

John Wagner is a national reporter who leads The WashingtonPost's new breaking political news team.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog branded Comey as insubordinate for repeatedly breaking with Justice Department protocol in his handling of the email probe involving Democrat Hillary Clinton. Most often, the meme contrasts how coverage of the investigation likely affected the election outcome (despite the fact that she was cleared of wrongdoing), with perceived hypocrisy or wrongdoing by Trump or other republicans.

Trump has suggested anyone less politically connected than Clinton would have been charged for the same behavior, yet the report does not second-guess the FBI's decision to spare her from prosecution.


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