The Russia Investigations: What The Justice IG Report Revealed

Posted June 18, 2018

Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation a year ago after Horowitz's office discovered anti-Trump text messages between him and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Comey was criticized in the report for his decision, despite the discouragement of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation into Clinton's private server after the discovery of new emails.

"What we're going through now is a walk in the park compared to what's coming when the report [on Trump's conduct] comes out", Peter Wehner, a Trump critic who has advised several past Republican presidents, told the Post.

In July 2016, Comey held an unusual news conference to explain why the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not be recommending criminal charges against Clinton over her use of the private server, instead of a State Department server, for some official business. "We'll stop it", Strzok responded.

In September 2016, as part of the investigation into his communication with the underage teen, an FBI agent in NY found hundreds of thousands of emails on Weiner's laptop that were possibly relevant to the Clinton investigation.

After the report's release on Friday, Clinton made fun of the Comey email revelation on Twitter, sharing a Politico article on the development, quipping, "But my emails".

FBI Director Chris Wray told reporters the FBI accepted the reports findings and was making changes, including requiring further training for FBI employees and re-emphasizing the importance of objectivity.

"I did a great service to the people in firing him".

Trump added: "It was a pretty good report and then I say that the IG blew it at the very end with that statement".

Interested in Donald Trump?

The president's initial stated reasoning for firing the FBI director was that he believed Comey had mishandled the Clinton investigation. The report says the attorney left Mueller's investigation in late February 2018, shortly after the inspector general provided Mueller with some of the instant messages they had discovered. But the report concluded that those private anti-Trump comments didn't taint the probe.

Trump said he did not have plans to suspend the Mueller investigation, and he repeated his contention that the inquiry was being conducted by people with conflicts of interest. He continued, "I think the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".

Strzok was removed from that investigative team in the summer of 2017 once the text messages came to the attention of the special counsel's office, according to media reports.

"Nothing in this report detracts from the credibility of the special counsel's investigation", Blumenthal said, "and nothing here suggests the special counsel investigation resulted from FBI bias or improper conduct". But should Mueller finish his probe, any fallout will lie in Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's hands as he has the authority to decide whether to release the information publicly and when and if he should refer the report to Congress to consider impeachment.

And Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said the report revealed no evidence that the FBI agent's political views affected the handling of the Clinton investigation.