Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will accept the findings of the inspector general and work to clean up the FBI, which has been marred by a bruising report of its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
President Donald Trump declared Friday he thinks the Russian Federation probe is "very biased" and has reservations about being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, raising more questions on whether he will consent to an interview as part of the investigation.
None of this minimizes the fact that an FBI agent who was involved in key 2016 investigations privately expressed his anti-Trump feelings in a way that strongly suggested he was going to use his power at the FBI to influence Trump's election chances. "It's like, we'll stop him with the power of the vote?"
He said it's time to "clean up the FBI" and leave Trump alone. In an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn, the president told reporters "the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".
The report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog is being released Thursday afternoon and is expected to criticize the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
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"That provides a ideal incentive for Barack Obama's Department of Justice to make the Hillary Clinton email investigation go away like an Alka-Seltzer tablet in water because Barack Obama would have been a witness", he added.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that he found Comey's use of personal email to be "inconsistent with Department policy", citing what he called "the absence of exigent circumstances and the frequency with which the use of personal email occurred".
Trump did not directly address the report then but Clinton responded pointedly by tweet, writing: "But my emails".
Aitan Goelman, Strzok's lawyer, said the report found no evidence that his political views had an impact on the Clinton probe. But the report concluded that those private anti-Trump comments didn't taint the probe.
FBI Director Christopher Wray at a Senate hearing in May. Page, who resigned in May, briefly served on Mueller's team, but she returned to her duties at the Federal Bureau of Investigation before the special counsel's office was made aware of the texts. While Horowitz says Comey treated Clinton unfairly, Trump has long argued that Comey let Clinton off easy.
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