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..
Why did then-FBI Director James Comey feel he needed to take the Clinton email matter into his own hands and cut out his own bosses, the leaders of the Justice Department?
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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".
"We identified numerous instances in which Comey used a personal email account (a Gmail account) to conduct FBI business", said Inspector General Michael Horowitz in the official report of the investigation. Mueller promptly removed Strzok from his staff. Page left Mueller's staff before the texts became public.
The "great lovers", as Trump dubbed them, had exchanged a number of private messages critical of Trump. "No he won't. We'll stop it".
The scandal was a key issue in the 2016 election - a major talking point of President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
A few days before the election, on October 28, 2016, an unidentified lawyer assigned to the Clinton probe team referred to in the report as "FBI Attorney 2" said in messages to colleagues that he had "initiated the destruction of the Republic".
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FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his agency on Thursday, saying that the report only addresses a specific set of facts and the actions of a handful of officials and that "nothing" in it "impugns" the integrity of the FBI workforce as a whole. It also chastised him for announcing, again without Justice Department backing, that the investigation would be reopened because of newly discovered emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop. Comey has said he was prompted to take extraordinary action in the Clinton case, in part, because he believed then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch showed poor judgment when she met privately in June 2016 with former President Bill Clinton when their planes were parked on the tarmac in Phoenix.
"That is probably the tip of the iceberg", he said of the IG report.
The investigation led by Mueller, himself a former FBI director, "has massive conflicts", Trump said.
Still, investigators said they did not find "documentary or testimonial evidence" that the bias affected the probe. He is likely to use the harsh assessment of Comey as validation for his decision to fire him, an act now central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice. He now represents Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
The bias was against Trump, a Republican, but it shouldn't matter what party holds the presidency.
Texts between the two included their observations of the 2016 election and criticism of Trump.
The report did, however, conclude Comey's actions had injured the reputation of federal law enforcement - and that texts between FBI officials Strzok and Page created the appearance of bias at the bureau. "There was no collusion, there was no obstruction, and the IG report yesterday went a long way to show that".