Trump says Federal Bureau of Investigation was 'plotting against' me

Trump says Federal Bureau of Investigation was 'plotting against' me

Kerry Wise
June 16, 2018

President Donald Trump said the inspector general's report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation proves that the FBI and the Justice Department acted out of bias against him, but the report itself does not back up his claims.

Despite misleading headlines, the inspector general's report on the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails shows a powerful law enforcement agency hobbled by bias and dishonesty.

The report released Thursday calls former FBI Director James Comey "insubordinate" and says his actions were "extraordinary".

"I believe that [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein and [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions have a chance to redeem themselves and that chance comes about tomorrow", Giuliani told Sean Hannity, saying the Justice Department heads should bring in Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from the NY office to look into Comey as well as Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

On Friday, Trump also lashed out at Comey, who was accused in the report of insubordination for the way he handled the probe into Clinton's emails.

Writing in the New York Times, Mr Comey said: "I do not agree with all of the inspector general's conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism".

Comey came in for harsh criticism for his actions in the run up to the election.

The long-awaited report reviewed one of the most controversial chapters of the 2016 election battle between the Republican Trump and his Democratic rival Clinton.

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Mr Trump is certain to try to use the report to validate his firing of Mr Comey previous year.

On the day of Trump's election, for example, Strzok said he was "depressed", and Page said "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING".

But the report said there was no evidence "to connect the political views expressed in these messages to the specific investigative decisions" that were the subject of controversy, such as allowing immunity agreements or having fact witnesses sit in on others interviews prior to July 5, 2016.

Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said there's a "good chance" the president will decide next week whether to answer questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a crucial choice that could shape the course of his presidency. "But in a new, inflammatory text revealed in the report, Page wrote Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

Strzok and then-FBI attorney Lisa Page were singled out and chastised for their anti-Trump texts amid the Clinton and Russian Federation probes.

"I have the bikers, I have the construction workers, I have them all", Trump said of his support.

"Strzok should be in jail by the end of next week", he concluded.