Trump seizes on IG report to tout firing Comey

by Abel Hampton June 17, 2018, 1:48
Trump seizes on IG report to tout firing Comey

The 500-page report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that Comey, who was later fired by Trump, made a "serious error of judgment" when he announced shortly before the 2016 US presidential election that he was reopening an investigation into candidate Clinton's use of a private e-mail server.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page instructed her colleagues to go easy on Hillary Clinton during the FBI's email investigation, because "she might be our next president", according to a Justice Department inspector general report released Thursday.

In messages exchanged over the FBI's internal system, agents and attorneys involved in the FBI's 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server insulted President Donald Trump's supporters and partially blamed themselves for potentially swaying the election with their probe.

Although the president argued that the watchdog report showed the Federal Bureau of Investigation was "plotting" against his election, it largely concluded that Comey's actions actually hut Clinton's campaign - not Trump's.

President Donald Trump came out swinging Friday, lodging a remarkable series of claims and accusations about a new watchdog report about the Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of emails.

"One more thing: She might be our next president", Page said in a February 24, 2016, text to Strzok. "No he's not. We'll stop it".

Despite his criticism of the inspector general's report, Trump presented the report's findings as vindication of his decision to fire Comey in May a year ago. Goelman said that credible evidence suggesting the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation was patently a bigger deal than the "relatively commonplace" investigation into mishandling classified information.

"Nothing in the inspector general's report makes me think we did the wrong thing", Comey wrote in an op-ed published Friday by the The New York Times.

Former FBI Director James Comey speaks about his book "A Higher Loyalty" during a discussion at the Brookings Institution May 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The report takes issue with Comey's breaks from department policy in the public announcements he made in July and October 2016 about the Clinton investigation. "Nothing, nothing in this report impugns the integrity of our workforce as a whole, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution". Doesn't get any lower than that! That Comey, of all people, engaged in the same actions that consumed her campaign will go down in history as one of the great twisted ironies of our time.

"I would like to talk, but it seems to be very biased", Trump said of the special counsel's probe.

Christopher Wray: "This report did not find any evidence of political bias or improper considerations actually impacting the investigation under review".

"But my emails", Clinton tweeted on Thursday in response to a tweet from a Politico reporter highlighting Comey's own email missteps.

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