Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 17, 2018,
Jun 17, 2018, 0:54
He tweeted Friday he did a "great service to the people" in terminating Comey.
What's more, Trump is completely ignoring the entire reason the Justice Department inspector general wrote this report: to look at whether the FBI mishandled the Clinton email investigation, not the Russian Federation probe.
"These messages cast a cloud over the FBI's handling of the [Clinton email] investigation and the investigation's credibility", Horowitz wrote.
Trump has been eager for the report in hopes that it would vindicate his decision to fire Comey and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Trump added that: "It will go down as a dark and unsafe period in American history".
"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations", the report said. "And if you read the report, you'll see that".
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The 17-month probe was led by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. "According to multiple sources who spoke to The Washington Post, in a text from August 2016 Page texted Strzok: "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Comey, however, did not use his personal email to handle any classified information, the report said.
Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump in May 2017.
It was one of the most controversial investigations in modern FBI history and entangled the bureau, which usually stands apart from politics, in the 2016 presidential election.
"While we found no evidence that Comey's statement was the result of bias or an effort to influence the election, we did not find his justifications for issuing the statement to be reasonable or persuasive". FBI Director Christopher Wray said that "conduct in the report" had already been referred to the department's disciplinary arm, but he would not say which employees had been referred or for what conduct.
The FBI's inspector general released a report this week that revealed previously unreported text messages between Strzok and Page while the two worked on the investigation, in which Strzok assured Page that the investigation would "stop" Trump from becoming president.
It did not find evidence that those views seeped into the investigation.
"The Inspector General report went a long way to show that and I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited", Trump told journalists at the White House.