Trump launches fierce attacks on Comey after release of watchdog report

Sunday, 17 Jun, 2018

Strzok was a respected, veteran counterintelligence agent who helped lead that investigation. Rather, he had to be referring to his key role in the Russian Federation investigation. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have asked the Justice Department to hand over all unrevised drafts of the inspector general report that was released Thursday, amid concerns that "people may have changed the report in a way that obfuscates your findings". Mueller removed Strzok from his team past year after an internal investigation uncovered the texts. They used words like "idiot", "loathsome", "menace" and "disaster" to describe him. "But they were actually plotting against my election". The report will be presented to Congress today and has not yet been made public, but a copy was obtained by Bloomberg News.

Ron Kaufman, a Quincy native who served as policy director in former President George H.W. Bush's White House, noting that President Trump has been heavily criticized for firing Comey, said the report "vindicates the president - Mr. Comey should have been let go".

"Well I don't know how Peter Strzok is still working there", Trump responded. One of them was about Strzok vowing to "stop" Trump from being elected just months before the presidential election. "Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!" he added, referring to the current top G-man, who on Thursday said the 500-page report exonerates the bureau from charges of political bias.

"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations", the report said.

Mr Comey announced in the summer of 2016 that Mrs Clinton would not be charged with any crime, including the handling of classified material on a personal email address. But both insisted bias played no part in their motivations.

Democrats said the inspector general's report provided no grounds to undermine Mueller's continuing investigation.

President Donald Trump came out swinging Friday, lodging a remarkable series of claims and accusations about a new watchdog report about the Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of emails. The report says this attorney, called "FBI Attorney 2", was "the primary FBI attorney assigned to (the Russia) investigation beginning in early 2017" and had also worked for Mueller after he was appointed. Clinton was accused by political opponents of recklessly endangering national security and trying to hide her communications from disclosure under open records laws.