Comey says he Disagrees with Inspector General Report

Comey says he Disagrees with Inspector General Report

Text messages critical of President Donald Trump that were exchanged between two FBI officials who were working on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation "cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation", Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the forthcoming report Thursday, according to Bloomberg.

"The end result was wrong".

TRUMP: "I mean there was total bias".

“Comey was the ring leader of this whole, you know, den of thieves. "It was a den of thieves", he said.

But on Friday, after tweeting that he did a “great service” to the nation by firing Comey, Trump marched out to the White House North Lawn to talk with “Fox & Friends” for more than half an hour, claiming the report “totally” exonerated him, then pointing to accomplishments he said hes achieved and complaining about not getting proper credit.

Both Strzok and Page acknowledged that some of their texts could be read as showing bias against Trump, but both insisted bias played no part in their work.

"There was no collusion".

Trump's attorneys huddled for several hours with the President Thursday to plan their next moves as they prepare to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller's team in the near future.

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.

Trumps comments followed the IGs 500-page report that said Comey was “insubordinate” in his handling of the Clinton investigation because he broke agency protocol. In addition to Clinton, Trump believes Comey is a criminal.

The Justice Department has also issued a stinging rebuke to the FBI for its handling of the email investigation.

Judgments on how the report would impact Trump's legal future predictably broke down along party lines. "Even if the report is a devastating indictment of Trump, the political tribalism in the country is so deep and won't suddenly go away". "You look at what happened".

Translation: Yes, as a fellow opponent of Trump, I want to get onto this investigation to bring him down. 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.

Trump's lawyers now believe that since the IG report gave those at the Federal Bureau of Investigation "the benefit of the doubt" about their behavior - finding no conspiracy - then the President should receive the same treatment.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that "we'll stop" candidate Trump from becoming President.

"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? We'll stop it", Strzok responded.

The president is expected to reach a decision soon on whether he will sit for an interview. But the material in the new report only affords more opportunities to detail just how anti-Trump Page and Strzok were.

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.

There was some degree of humor in the Dept. of Justice's Inspector General's report.

. If I thought it was likely I'd be there no question.

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