Trump's legal team emboldened by inspector general report


Much of the public attention has been focused on Peter Strzok, a seasoned FBI counterintelligence investigator who worked the Clinton investigation and was later on Mueller's team until anti-Trump text messages with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, were discovered and brought to the special counsel's attention.

Also criticized in the report was Comeys decision, despite the discouragement of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails.

With the revelation of those three words, which popped up in today's Justice Department report about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton, the world has changed.

The startling news of Comey's private email use is only one of several embarrassing revelations about the conduct of Federal Bureau of Investigation officials documented in the Inspect General's report. Right?!" Strzok responded by saying, "No.

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.

After the report's release on Friday, Clinton made fun of the Comey email revelation on Twitter, sharing a Politico article on the development, quipping, "But my emails".

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.

Goelman said that Strzok was not willing to use his official position to affect Trump's chances of being elected and that "his political conviction that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for American national security is not based on his bias, it was based on information that was available to him, and his perspective on American national security".

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That fuels attacks by Trump and his allies that people in the "deep state" are out to get him. "The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that, and I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited", he said. That investigation, now led by Mueller, is also looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017.

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias, or other improper considerations", the report says, according to the source. "The IG report basically tells you that both prongs of the Mueller investigation are either corrupt or answered".

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Comey's comments come in response to the public release of a report that is heavily critical of his decisions in the probe.

Politico reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), above, had started the process to subpoena FBI Agent Peter Strzok.

The White House initially said Trump fired Comey over his handling of the Clinton investigation, though the president himself later muddied that explanation when he said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing". Mueller removed Strzok from his team after Horowitz disclosed the texts to him.