Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

The inspector general's report, released Thursday, covered the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and was anxiously awaited by Trump.

The FBI leadership waited almost a month after receiving initial information about the laptop to reopen the investigation and notifying Congress about it, the IG report shows.

A portion of Michael Horowitz's report contains the apparent discovery of a text message in which Peter Strzok tried to assure Lisa Page that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

After leading the email investigation, Strzok became a top official on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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.

It arose from a review he launched about a week before President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.

Weiner had resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed he sent lewd photographs and messages to women.

In December 2017, it was revealed that at least five of the emails stored on Weiner's laptop were marked "confidential" and involved delicate talks with Middle Eastern leaders and Abedin.

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed. Trump and his supporters have repeatedly claimed Clinton should have faced further consequences.

While polls have shown a majority of Americans believe Trump should cooperate with the investigation, recent polling suggests an increasing number of people have begun to view the investigation as politically motivated.

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. I think we can presume that special someone was its author, Peter Strzok.

In response, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI will review the inspector generals' findings and will take any appropriate action to hold people accountable.

He also tweeted wishing peace and prosperity in the coming year.

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told "Fox & Friends" that the report casts doubt on whether Trump will ever agree to an interview with Mueller's team because "why would he get interviewed by a corrupt investigation?"

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors' assessment of the facts, the law and past department practice", the report said.

"Now, here's the good news - I did nothing wrong, there was no collusion, there was no obstruction", Trump said.

Then he turned to other reporters and went over the same list for another 20 minutes.

Information for this article was contributed by Eileen Sullivan of The New York Times; and by Ken Thomas, Anne Flaherty, Eric Tucker, Chad Day, Mary Clare Jalonick, Steve Braun and Colleen Long of The Associated Press.

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