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

Posted June 17, 2018

The report says the exchange is "indicative of a biased state of mind" and "implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects".

"James Comes was was using a private email account while he was investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private email account, the issue that the entire election revolved around and one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump was elected president", he said.

Ron Kaufman, a Quincy native who served as policy director in former President George H.W. Bush's White House, noting that President Trump has been heavily criticized for firing Comey, said the report "vindicates the president - Mr. Comey should have been let go". Moreover, as we describe in Chapter Nine, in assessing Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russian Federation investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop in October 2016, these text messages led us to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision was free from bias.

Mueller has indicted four Trump aides.

In a television appearance on Thursday night, Mr Giuliani called for the jailing of an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, Peter Strzok, by the end of next week.

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

FBI Director Christopher Wray told reporters at a briefing that he accepted the inspector general's report, but stressed it did not find that political bias had impacted its investigations. Right?!" Strzok responded: "No.

Trump's allies and former lawyers have warned him against doing an interview, fearing he could put himself in legal jeopardy by making false statements.

Comey told "CBS This Morning" on May 4, 2018, he faced an impossible choice after new Clinton emails were discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner.

Dershowitz, who frequently has spoken against the special counsel investigation, said he'd welcome a similar look by the IG's office into the FBI's investigation of Trump. It is critical of former Director James Comey, saying he was "insubordinate" for not telling his bosses he planned to make a public announcement that he was not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton. It also said there was "no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations".

During the investigation, Clinton had maintained her use was appropriate and that other high-ranking USA officials had engaged in similar practices involving personal communication devices.