Sanders says watchdog report 'reaffirmed the President's suspicions' of Comey

Sergio Conner
June 17, 2018

The long-awaited report faulted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its former director James Comey over the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe in 2016 - and concluded that two agents working under Comey showed a "willingness to take official action to impact" Trump's election chances.

Trump said that he is not thinking about suspending the probe by Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who is investigating into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 general election.

"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?

"James Comes was was using a private email account while he was investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private email account, the issue that the entire election revolved around and one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump was elected president", he said.

The report says the watchdog "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence" that political bias directly affected parts of the probe, it says Page and Strzok's conduct "cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation". "We'll stop it", Strzok responded. "Obstruction is dead. There was no obstruction", said one source close to Trump, adding that his team believes there is now no need to interview the President.

And Trump took it one step further, barreling out of the White House Friday for an unannounced, early-morning television interview that turned into a almost hour-long freewheeling give-and-take with reporters, during which he returned time and again to assert that report had exonerated him amid Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian election interference.

The report branded Mr Comey as insubordinate for repeatedly breaking with Justice Department protocol in his handling of the email probe in the explosive final months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

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He said that the Inspector General report released Thursday was "pretty good" but "blew it at the very end" by saying that the investigations were not tainted by bias.

FBI Director Chris Wray told reporters the FBI accepted the report's findings and was making changes, including requiring further training for FBI employees and re-emphasizing the importance of objectivity.

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, who was romantically involved with Page, was a lead investigator on the Clinton case and later worked the Russian Federation probe before being removed.

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.

"The report also resoundingly demonstrates that there was no prosecutable case against Mrs Clinton, as we had concluded", Comey wrote.

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

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