President Trump Responds to IG Report [with comment by Paul]

Clay Curtis
June 17, 2018

The president's tweet came after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz unveiled a highly anticipated report faulting Comey for "insubordinate behavior" during the FBI probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways on the IG's scathing report on the FBI Is the Department of Justice inspector general truly impartial?

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.

In a 2015 interview, the former president claimed he discovered Clinton's use of a personal email address during her tenure at the State Department at "the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports", adding that Clinton was an "outstanding public servant".

In fact, she argued, this dynamic stretches into the present and explains why Trump is so obsessed with going after the Justice Department.

"While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from Federal Bureau of Investigation and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the department as fair administrators of justice", Horowitz wrote.

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) report was released on Thursday. The president later said that he had the "Russia thing" in mind when he let go of Comey.

The report added that former President Obama used a pseudonym for his username and thatnone of his sent or received emails contained classified information. Comey said had he known earlier about the laptop's import, it might have affected his decision to notify Congress. Though there's no evidence the device was put on the back-burner to protect Clinton, the watchdog said it could not be certain that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russian Federation probe over examining the Weiner laptop was "free from bias", especially because Strzok was exchanging anti-Trump text messages at the time.

Lawyer Aitan Goelman called it "critically flawed" for its conclusion that it "cannot rule out "with confidence" the possibility that Special Agent Strzok's political "bias" may have been a cause of the FBI's failure, between September 29 and October 25, 2016, to seek a second search warrant for the Anthony Weiner laptop".

It criticized then-FBI Director James Comey and others for their handling of the Clinton email probe. "So they're trying to really downplay it", she said.

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