White House press briefing to address watchdog report on Comey

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Comey, whom Trump fired shortly after taking office, bore the brunt of much criticism in the report, but not for political favoritism.

"Now we see it in actual writing in this report that the swamp was doing everything possible to try to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president". "We'll stop it", Strzok replied.

The report stated the text messages "included statements of hostility toward then candidate Trump and statements of support for candidate Clinton". The messages were exchanged prior to the formation of Mueller's team and the election.

Strzok's and Page's names first made headlines a year ago, when it emerged that they exchanged several text messages that demonstrated pro-Clinton and anti-Trump political views.

Beyond Comey, one source briefed on the report said it found there was no evidence that the conclusions reached by prosecutors were affected by political bias in the Clinton email investigation. "The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation".

I am alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI in investigating potential Espionage Act violations by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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The president has previously pointed to text message exchanges between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok that included insults directed at Trump as evidence that both the investigation into his campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation and the outcome of the Hillary Clinton email investigation were tainted.

"I am alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General's finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI", Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in statement. The report focused in part on Comey's announcement in July 2016 that Clinton acted improperly but did nothing illegal.

Inspector general Michael Horowitz will criticize Strzok's and Page's conduct in Thursday's report, according to The New York Times. "Nothing, nothing in this report impugns the integrity of our workforce as a whole, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution". It would then be up to prosecutors to decide whether to bring criminal charges.

One of the key testimonies against McCabe in the inspector general's report came from Comey. The one possible exception was the NY field office, which favored Trump and was suspected of being ready to leak news about the Weiner laptop if Comey had kept quiet about it.

President Donald Trump has been eager for the report in hopes that it would vindicate his decision to fire Comey and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

That day, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing the re-opening of the Clinton probe just days before the 2016 election. 27, 2016 Lynch could have recused herself from the investigation because of the appearance of impropriety, but chose not to, he added.

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But Napolitano said he doesn't see that as an issue for Comey.

On Wednesday, on the eve of the report's release, Sen.

Trump and the GOP have used the donation to paint McCabe as a Clinton ally. Chief FBI ethics official Pat Kelley told the IG that no reasonable person could question McCabe's impartiality as a result of the donation-an assessment the report agreed with.

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Comey said the IG's report was important for two reasons. They asked Horowitz to provide them with his original drafts. "And nothing in the inspector general's report makes me think we did the wrong thing".

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"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets elected", Strzok wrote, "but I'm afraid we can't take that risk". Cases that end without charges are rarely discussed publicly. The case stems from elections in 2010, when state officials initially prevented a voter in a Tea Party shirt from casting a ballot due to a 1912 state law prohibiting "political insignia" at polling places.

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