The Russia Investigations: What The Justice IG Report Revealed

The Russia Investigations: What The Justice IG Report Revealed

A day earlier, in a report the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) slammed Comey and alleged that its investigations have found that there were FBI officials willing to take actions that could have hurt the then candidate Trump.

Horowitz "singled out" Peter Strzok, who worked on both the Clinton email case and Russian Federation investigation, for his highly partisan texts to FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Noah added that the "worst part" of the findings were texts between Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-intelligence agent Peter Strzok and his "lover in the Federal Bureau of Investigation", that expressed anti-Trump bias, with Strzok saying President Trump would be stopped if he won the election.

"On August 8, 2016, Page had sent a message to Strzok asking "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? "We'll stop it", Mr Strzok responded.

Trump also alleged that Comey gave a clean chit to Hillary Clinton, his rival in the presidential election.

"Peter Strzok should not have a job anywhere near our Justice Department", said North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican who is close to Trump, after a briefing on the report.

Comey defended his actions in an op-ed published in the New York Times after the report was released.

The report branded Mr Comey as insubordinate for repeatedly breaking with Justice Department protocol in his handling of the email probe in the explosive final months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The IG report is set to be released to members of Congress on Thursday. Ms Page and Mr Strzok were romantically involved and used their work phones to engage in long-running text discussions of various work and personal topics, according to people familiar with the case. And Trump took it one step further, barreling out of the White House on Friday for an unannounced, early-morning television interview that turned into a almost hour-long appearance with reporters, during which he returned time and again to the idea that the report had exonerated him amid special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian election interference. "I did a great service to the people in firing him", Trump tweeted. But the report, by the department's internal watchdog, does not find evidence that Comey was motivated by political bias or preference in his decisions.

"I would like to talk, but it seems to be very biased", Trump said of the special counsel's probe.

"We identified numerous instances in which Comey used a personal email account to conduct unclassified Federal Bureau of Investigation business", the 500-page report states. But the report ultimately notes that agency employees are entitled to their own political views and found no evidence that the investigation was compromised by political bias.

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