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17 June 2018, 01:45 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Former FBI Director James Comey

Comey broke FBI procedure in Clinton email probe says inspector general

President Trump on Saturday said that the Department of Justice inspector general report on the Hillary Clinton email probe "totally destroys" former FBI Director James Comey - and describes a "dark and unsafe period" in USA history.

In his report, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz called former FBI Director James Comey "insubordinate", but not driven by political bias.

The findings have no direct bearing on a separate Justice Department special counsel probe on Russia's alleged interference in the election, and the possibility there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

It also sharply rebuked FBI officials who traded politically charged, anti-Trump text messages even as the investigation into the campaign was under way.

The report did, however, conclude Comey's actions had injured the reputation of federal law enforcement - and that texts between FBI officials Strzok and Page created the appearance of bias at the bureau.

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

Trump's lawyers will argue that the report's criticism of Comey makes it clear the President fired him for the right reasons - and the decision was not part of an effort to obstruct justice.

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

The report, 500 pages thick and more than a year in the making, offered a nuanced conclusion about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

Sessions praised FBI Director Christopher Wray for his handling of the fallout from the report, saying he was "real proud" of Wray for his remarks Thursday. But the report, by the department's internal watchdog, does not find evidence that Comey was motivated by political bias or preference in his decisions. "Doesn't get any lower than that!" he tweeted. Both Strzok and Page worked on the Clinton probe. In an impromptu press conference on the White House driveway, the president used the report to revive his complaints about the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to declare himself exonerated in the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

The stark conclusion we draw after reviewing this report is that the FBI's actions helped Donald Trump become President.

"When you read the report, it's nearly like Comey, he goes point after point about how guilty Hillary is, and then he said, 'But we're not going to do anything about it.' The IG report was a horror show, I thought that one line of conclusion was ridiculous", Trump said.

"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.

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



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