After report, Trump fires salvos at FBI, Comey, Mueller probe

FBI director Christopher A Wray

FBI director Christopher A Wray

The report says the attorney left Mueller's investigation in late February 2018, shortly after the inspector general provided Mueller with some of the instant messages they had discovered.

Those questions - collusion and Trump's possible obstruction of justice - are still being examined by special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed a year ago to take over the FBI's Russian Federation probe after Trump fired Comey.

These and other missteps by Comey and other FBI and Justice Department officials damaged the FBI's credibility, Horowitz concluded in his 500-page review of the investigation, which took 18 months to complete.

Beyond delving into Comey's conduct, the watchdog report addressed other topics, including anti-Trump text messages exchanged between Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page.

In a wide-ranging interview Friday morning with Fox and Friends, Trump said that he did not want to get involved in Justice Department matters but that what former FBI Director James Comey had done "was a awful thing to the people".

The almost 600-page report concluded that it had uncovered numerous messages that "appeared to mix political opinion with discussions about the MYE (Midyear Exam, code for the Clinton email server scandal) investigation".

"The FBI should not have spoken publicly about the case after recommending against criminal charges", Nadler and Cummings said.

In addition to harboring anti-Trump sentiments, it seems Strzok and Page may have had negative feelings toward Sanders, a Democratic candidate for president, and his supporters.

Meaning what? As recently as May 2017, when Mueller was appointed, a senior FBI investigator with privileged access to the Russian Federation investigation - one with an apparently personal ax to grind against Trump - wasn't sure whether there was any collusion between the campaign and the attacks.

"The opinions I care the most about are the opinions of the people who actually really know us and know us through our work", he said. It concluded that Comey was insubordinate and broke with long-standing policy in his handling of the Clinton email investigation. Comey said Lynch forced his hand when she did not recuse herself from the Clinton probe, even after a June 2016 meeting with former president Bill Clinton raised concerns she was conflicted.

"The kind of drumbeat - the repeated assertion of bias and the investigation was infected by anti-Trump bias - it's completely illogical because the only thing that Pete and the FBI's actions or inactions did throughout this period of time benefited Trump and hurt Hillary's electoral chances", Goelman said.

The FBI obtained a warrant nine days before the presidential election to review those emails, found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. - the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin - and ultimately determined there was nothing that changed its original conclusion.

The president's lawyers want to paint the dismissal as something he was both authorized to do under the Constitution and correct to do based on Comey's performance.

“But my emails, ” she said, reacting in a three-word tweet.

"Page wrote, "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?

Strzok, replied, "No. No he won't".

"In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order", he also said. "We'll stop it." Both were initially involved with the Mueller investigation but later removed from the team.

Trump's legal team has repeatedly cast doubt on whether the president would sit for an interview with Mueller.

Trump is yet again insisting there was "No Collusion and No Obstruction of the fabricated No Crime" and is accusing Democrats of making up "a phony crime", paying "a fortune to make the crime sound real", and then "Collud (ing) to make this pile of garbage take on life in Fake News!"

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