Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump Dismisses IG Report’s Bias Conclusion as ‘Ridiculous’

Trump Dismisses IG Report’s Bias Conclusion as ‘Ridiculous’

Hannity said texts between adulterous Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page lamented Trump's election after Strzok said, "we'll stop" Trump's rise.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump took steps to shut down that investigation through actions including the firing of Comey.

"During the 2016 campaign, Page asked Strzok: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

Trump taunted Strzok's text saying he wanted to "stop" the president.

President Trump immediately seized on the report to justify his decision to fire Comey just six months after Election Day.

He said it's time to "clean up the FBI" and leave Trump alone.

The report may give rise to the debate over the extent to which Comey's actions secured Trump's victory.

The report found that Comey "deviated" from both FBI and DOJ procedures during the email investigation, although it did not find proof that he did so because he was politically motivated.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the report "reaffirmed the president's suspicions about Comey's conduct and the political bias amongst some of the members of the FBI".

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.

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. Strzok and Page told investigators the texts did not mean Clinton should get preferential treatment. Noah joked. "So the report ruled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents showed a willingness to stop Trump, but they didn't actually do something?"

Trump said Friday, as he has before, that the Mueller probe, too, "has been totally discredited".

Trump added: "It was a pretty good report and then I say that the IG blew it at the very end with that statement". 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. To the contrary, his report makes clear that Comey acted outside department norms in ways harmful to her.

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".

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations", it said.

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