Justice report provides ammo for both Trump, critics

by Garry Watts June 17, 2018, 0:55
Justice report provides ammo for both Trump, critics

The president later said that he had the "Russia thing" in mind when he let go of Comey.

The IG came down hard on Comey, as the former director suspected he would.

Sessions spoke at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Clinton and some Democrats have argued Comey's handling of the probe cost Clinton the election. Although the aforementioned text appears to have been released in tandem with the IG report, the investigation did not scrutinize whether members of the FBI attempted to secure the election for Hillary Clinton. "I have them all", Trump told Fox & Friends on the North Lawn of the White House.

TRUMP: "More importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me".

"The end result was wrong".

TRUMP: "I mean there was total bias".

Trump, who has repeatedly called the Russian Federation probe "hoax" or "witch hunt", has ratcheted up pressure on it in the past months. But the report ultimately notes that agency employees are entitled to their own political views and found no evidence that the investigation was compromised by political bias.

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Texts between the two included their observations of the 2016 election and criticism of Trump.

Since Horowitz's report criticizes Comey, Trump's claim is superficially plausible. He specifically retweeted the conversation in which Page asks if Trump will ever become president, and Strzok replies "No, no he won't". The report says the attorney left that investigation in late February 2018, shortly after the inspector general provided Mueller with some of the instant messages they had discovered.

Trump's allies and former lawyers have warned him against doing an interview, fearing he could put himself in legal jeopardy by making false statements.

On Friday, Trump also lashed out at Comey, who was accused in the report of insubordination for the way he handled the probe into Clinton's emails.

"The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI", Mr Trump tweeted. Asked if his use of a personal email and personal device was in line with Federal Bureau of Investigation regulations, Comey said he didn't know, but had the "sense" it was OK. I did a great service to the people in firing him.

Trump and his allies have used the texts as ammunition in their ongoing attacks on the special counsel, who is leading the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin as well as potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president.

It's the president's first tweet on the report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog.

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